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“I Would Question…” – Smith Sidesteps VAR & Seeks More Villa Improvement


With a slight improvement in our results of late, Aston Villa headed to Manchester City for today’s early Premier League kick off.

Few fans were going to be that concerned with the scoreline, but our eyes were on a performance and in many ways we got that. It wasn’t always pretty, but it had its moments and had the referee had a pair of balls and had we not suffered another VAR (x2) embarrassment, the game could well have turned out differently.

No handball despite John Stones doing it twice in the box, and after City had taken a quick lead in the second half, apparently now even if you’re offside and in play, obstructing the goalkeeper, VAR will let that stand at one end of the pitch when we all know it wouldn’t at the other.

Absolute shambles and VAR is making a complete mockery of what’s been a ridiculous Premier League for a number of years.

City deserved their win, but not like that.

Speaking to the BBC following the full time whistle, head coach Dean Smith said.

“I am disappointed with the manner of the goals we conceded, we came with a game plan and I thought we showed some good enterprise going forward. We started quite well in the second half, and City’s first goal is just a lump from the goalkeeper. Tyrone Mings should do better and he knows that then but a top player like Raheem Sterling puts it on the back of the net. I would question City’s second goal: I think Raheem Sterling is offside and he impedes the goalkeeper from making the save. We worked extremely hard to get promoted last season and the players we brought on have a lot of potentials and they will learn a lot from this game. It was a great turn around in the last 12 months but we need to keep improving.”

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