Date: 10th November 2019 at 5:51pm
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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.”

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4 Replies to “The Media Can’t “Print” Smith’s Real Thoughts After That Villa Showing”

  • I’m sorry, but I don’t go for this “The game seemed bigger to them than it was to us” crap. When there are 3 points up for grabs it’s up to the manager to ensure they go out onto the pitch up for it. It’s no good DS saying he was disappointed. Disappointed?!!!…… I’m bloody livid, and that’s putting it VERY mildly!

    So Deano, get yourself sorted out, then get the team/squad sorted out or else!

    • Im going to say this and its going to hurt because from my point of view ,smith is falling into the same old trap previous villa managers have fallen into and thats complacency, following on from last season where we failed to win games without jack in the team the same is happening again ,now i dont care if we play Liverpool or lincoln city the minimum i expect is 100 percent graft ,i didnt see any if that yesterday ,on top of that i dont see any real tactical awareness from smith ,we play kick and rush football which got us relagated three seasons ago and no amount of cash spent will keep us in this division unless smith starts applying some tactical no how against other teams ,this team isnt acting as one unit its three separate units with no pattern or understanding its the same old issues of the midfield being over run because they cant cope with the other team four or five ,louiz poor attempt at stopping adahma was shocking ,the ducking out of the way for the first goal was even worse ,Smith is one of the good guys i know but it’s results that count ,not whether your a good guy or one of our own ,jacks own agenda of getting into the england squad is also having an effect on the team,its not all about you son ,its about the team ,its time for a re think from smith because we dont have an extra 8 games to play with this season

  • I think dean smith is a good manager but it his job to get players fired up and the player to show that want to win not just turn up and it is time wesley started to take is chances and score

  • Terrible performance, based on the performance against Wolves, I don’t expect us to stay up. Dean Smith is a good Championship manager, but not ready to coach in the EPL. When Villa beat Derby I really expected the owners to thank Dean, and go out and get a big time coach. Spurs has just released Pochettino. I would like to see him coaching at Villa park.

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