André Ayew’s dramatic winner, three minutes from time, condemned Villa to a sixth successive league defeat and leaves Sherwood on the brink.
A different story had looked like unfolding here when Jordan Ayew, André’s brother, headed Villa into the lead in the 62nd minute with his first goal for the club.
But Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised with a sublime free-kick shortly afterwards and then came the moment that twisted the knife and piled the pressure on to Sherwood.
Boos rang out at Villa Park after the defeat for the hosts and Villa owner Randy Lerner now has a big decision to make
Meanwhile, the brothers, at full time, were seen in a warm embrace and then exchanged shirts in images beamed around the world.
The Ghanaians have been a continuing plot in this season’s Premier League, although with different fortunes after they both arrived from France over the summer.
The elder Ayew has five goals, while Jordan has just opened his account.
Jordan (below) scored with a diving header…