Aston Villa had reasonable hopes of doing the double over local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers as we made the trip to Molineux earlier today for our Premier League clash.
A bad day got worse as not only were we without Jack Grealish again, we also lost Tom Heaton and Bjorn Engels ahead of the match, and with Jed Steer lasting only eight minutes into the tie before he needed to be substituted, it certainly affected our performance.
Wolves should’ve been out of sight in the first period, but we were somewhat better in the second half – it’s arguable as to whether that improvement warranted something from the game given the 2-1 defeat, but ask ten different people and you’ll probably get ten different opinions.
There’s no denying we were poor though and they’ll definitely be those who feel Trezeguet’s late consolation maybe flattered us.
Speaking to the BBC following the game, head coach Dean Smith said of the disappointing result.
“The game seemed bigger to them than it was to us. We were poor and they got a reminder at half-time that they must win their duels and compete. You can’t give any team a 45 minute head start and all I took from the first half was we were only 1-0 down. In the second half we got a better performance but it didn’t take much to achieve that.”