MX23RW : Wednesday, January 22 04:32:47| >> :600:3428447:3428447:
Dec 14, 2019 at 3pm UK at ​Bramall Lane
Attendance: 30,396
Sheff UtdSheffield United
2-0
Aston Villa
Fleck (50', 73')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Dean Smith keeping Aston Villa slump in perspective

Dean Smith keeping Aston Villa slump in perspective
© Reuters
Villa have lost five of their last seven Premier League matches.

Dean Smith is adamant it is "not all doom and gloom" at Aston Villa despite a run of results that have left the club hovering above the Premier League's bottom three.

Villa have taken just four points from the last 21 on offer, suffering five defeats along the way albeit against sides currently in the top six in Liverpool, Leicester, Manchester City, Chelsea and Wolves.

Boss Smith concedes the 4-1 loss at home to Leicester last time out "probably knocked the lads back a bit", although he is confident that has been addressed following a debrief on Tuesday.

"We reflected on it, we reviewed it, and we spoke about what's expected, and for me, there was a lot of frustration shown with the players," said Smith.

"But then I reminded them that two games prior to that everything was rosy after we comfortably beat Newcastle (2-0) at Villa Park and drew 2-2 at Manchester United, a game we should have won.

"We then played two of the top four teams. We were narrowly beaten by Chelsea 2-1 on the night and we were pushing for an equaliser in the last 10 minutes, and lost to a team (Leicester) eight points clear of Manchester City, who are highly acclaimed in Europe, not just the Premier League.

"So it's not all doom and gloom. Sometimes you have to put it all into a bit of perspective and we've certainly done that.

"There are lot of things we've learned from the last two performances and results against Chelsea and Leicester. We are learning all the time in this league, so what we have to do now is progress."

Although Smith claims he is unconcerned at his team's position in the league, he is aware Villa have to tighten up at the back after keeping just one clean sheet in the last 11 league matches, and three overall this season.

"We've got to be tougher to beat," insisted Smith. "I've felt that in the last two games we've given Chelsea and Leicester too many big chances.

"A little bit has been through naivety, a little bit through positioning but we've had a good review and reflection on that.

"The players spoke at length about what they feel they need to get better at, and we will certainly take that into the game."

Holding up the Blades as a shining example of what can be achieved, Smith added: "They've become a lot harder to beat than we have and that's the one area where I feel we need to improve on."

Smith's defensive concerns are added to by the fact centre-back Tyrone Mings misses the trip to Bramall Lane with a hamstring injury, although left-back Matt Targett is available after limping out of the defeat to Leicester with a knock.

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Dean Smith

Click here for more stories about Aston Villa

Share this article now:
New Instagram promo
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their first goal on December 7, 2019
Read Next:
PL Team of the Week - Kane, De Gea, Henderson
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Premier League
Championship
Coppa Italia
Coupe de la Ligue
ET
Lyon
2-2
Lille
Pens.
(4-3)
Australian Open Second Round
12am
Berankis
Querrey
12am
Zhang
McNally
12am
Li
Kenin
12am
Osaka
Zheng
12am
Goerges
Martic
12am
Badosa
Kvitova
1.50am
Gauff
Cirstea
2am
Pella
Barrere
2am
Evans
Nishioka
2am
Alexandrova
Krejcikova
2am
Jabeur
Garcia
2am
Riske
Zhu
2am
Wozniacki
Yastremska
2am
Barty
Hercog
2.30am
Fucsovics
Sinner
4am
Berrettini
Sandgren
4am
Paire
Cilic
4am
Schwartzman
Davidovich Fokina
4am
Paul
Dimitrov
4am
Tsitsipas
Kohlschreiber
4am
Ito
Djokovic
4am
Minnen
Rybakina
4.30am
Garin
Raonic
6.30am
Mmoh
Bautista Agut
6.30am
Polmans
Lajovic
6.30am
Hurkacz
Millman
6.30am
Hibino
Sakkari
7am
Wang
Ferro
8am
Thompson
Fognini
8am
Zidansek
Williams
10am
Krajinovic
Federer
10.30am
Keys
Rus
Australian Open First Round
12am
Suarez Navarro
Sabalenka
12am
Sorribes Tormo
Kudermetova
12am
Swiatek
Babos
12am
Sharma
Kontaveit
12am
Pliskova
Watson
12am
Townsend
Pegula
12am
Pavlyuchenkova
Stojanovic
2am
Mertens
Kovinic
League One
League Two
EFL Trophy
Scottish Championship
AFC Champions League
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22211052143864
2Manchester CityMan City24163565273851
3Leicester CityLeicester23143648232545
4Chelsea2412484132940
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd239773627934
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2381053430434
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd248972523233
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs238783631531
9Southampton2494113142-1131
10Arsenal2461263234-230
11Crystal Palace247982228-630
12Everton2486102835-730
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2486102436-1230
14Burnley2383122638-1227
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2467112734-725
16Aston Villa2474133145-1425
17West Ham UnitedWest Ham2265112634-823
18Bournemouth2465132337-1423
19Watford2458112136-1523
20Norwich CityNorwich2345142345-2217

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!