Aston Villa welcomed Hull City to Villa Park earlier today for our latest Championship clash.
With a heavy defeat to Wigan Athletic in our last match, head coach Dean Smith was looking for the team to get back to winning ways to get our promotion hopes back on track after the recent slump.
Things didn’t go to plan as Hull opened the scoring just ahead of the half-hour mark in the game and things quickly got worse as Evandro added a second.
James Chester reduced the deficit in the 45th minute to give us hope and Tammy Abraham scored for a sixth successive home game to tie the scores up at 2-2 but that was where the scoring on the day ended and we come out with a point for our efforts.
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Again though, the areas that we need to improve in are obvious to everyone.
Speaking to the BBC following the game, Smith explained.
“It was a game we shouldn’t have been two goals down in. We started the game so well, dominating possession, and then it was as if every mistake we made was highlighted. The goals that we concede at the moment are really poor. The first goal, we don’t deal with a long ball and it goes through Kalenic, who should probably save it. Then we concede a second, even poorer goal from my point of view, but that goal from James Chester galvanised the players. In the second half, the body language, energy levels and intensity was a lot better.”