Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Stoke City 2.
- Sherwood takes charge of Villa for first time
- Sinclair puts home side ahead with powerful header
- Diouf beats Guzan from six yards to level
- Moses late penalty wins it as Vlaar sent off
New Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood's reign began with a stoppage-time defeat by Stoke, the club's sixth straight league loss leaving them second bottom.
In the dugout for the first time since replacing the sacked Paul Lambert, Sherwood saw on-loan winger Scott Sinclair head in Fabian Delph's cross.
Mame Diouf beat Brad Guzan from six yards to level before the break.
And Victor Moses's 91st-minute penalty won it - with Villa's Ron Vlaar shown a red card for bringing down the winger.
It meant a disappointing start for Sherwood, who was taking charge of his first Premier League game since May 2014 when, as Tottenham boss, Spurs beat Villa 3-0 at White Hart Lane.
Sherwood was dismissed by Spurs despite boasting the best top-flight win percentage (59%) of any Tottenham boss in Premier League history but his 11-month exile from the game ended when he was appointed Villa boss.
And for long periods, Villa did not look the side that had dropped into the bottom three after losing to Hull on 10 February.
It looked as if the Potters' troubles would continue when Villa took the lead courtesy of a powerful header by Sinclair, on loan from Manchester City.
After tangling with Phil Bardsley in the penalty area, Sinclair jumped to his feet and was perfectly placed to meet Delph's left-wing cross and beat Asmir Begovic from eight yards.
The winger's celebrations were nothing compared with his manager's - Sherwood leaping around ecstatically on the touchline.
But Stoke levelled before the break when Diouf headed in Stephen Ireland's centre for his seventh goal of the season. Guzan, making his 100th successive Premier League start, had no chance.
The visitors always looked the better side from then on and moments after Villa's Ciaran Clark headed narrowly over, the away side won a stoppage-time penalty when Vlaar bought down Moses.
After the Villa captain was shown a second yellow card, Moses confidently converted from the spot to ruin Sherwood's big day and ensure Villa stay in deep trouble.
Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood: "You can't take any positives. It is bitterly disappointing to lose the game in the manner we did, right at the death. Both teams were very poor, but I didn't care as long as we won.
"There is no point in me getting a big stick out and banging the players on the head with it. It is about me getting the best out of them for the remaining games.
"There is a lot of work to be done but we will improve because we need to keep this great club in the Premier League. We are not thinking about going down."
Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "Before the game there was a lot of positivity around Villa and rightly so. I think Tim will be a very good appointment. But today was about what we needed to do as a group and to have a response to the previous weekend at Blackburn when we didn't do ourselves justice.
"Not too many people gave us a chance of winning, which we were a bit taken aback by. It was a key game for us on a number of levels and I am delighted with what we produced."
- 4VlaarBooked at 90mins
- 18RichardsonSubstituted forCissokhoat 42'minutes
- 25GilSubstituted forWeimannat 58'minutes
- 24C SánchezBooked at 59mins
- 26WollscheidBooked at 35mins
- 3PietersSubstituted forTeixeiraat 86'minutes
- 7IrelandSubstituted forSidwellat 86'minutes
- 6WhelanBooked at 63mins
- 19WaltersBooked at 90mins
- Roger East
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Stoke City 2.
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).
Goal! Aston Villa 1, Stoke City 2. Victor Moses (Stoke City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Second yellow card to Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) for a bad foul.
Penalty conceded by Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Stoke City. Victor Moses draws a foul in the penalty area.
Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa).
Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.
Attempt saved. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Fabian Delph with a cross.
Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Marc Wilson.
Offside, Stoke City. Glenn Whelan tries a through ball, but Jonathan Walters is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.
Substitution, Stoke City. Dionatan Teixeira replaces Erik Pieters because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Substitution, Stoke City. Steve Sidwell replaces Stephen Ireland.