MX23RW : Thursday, February 21 04:27:41
Jan 19, 2019 at 3pm UK at ​Villa Park (Birmingham)
Attendance: 33,619
Aston Villa
2-2
Hull City
Chester (45'), Abraham (64')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Bowen (27'), Evandro (37')

Smith hails Villa's character but rues defensive errors

Smith hails Villa's character but rues defensive errors
© Reuters
Hull boss Nigel Adkins was happy with a draw despite seeing a two-goal lead slip away.

Head coach Dean Smith highlighted his players' strength of character as a major factor behind Aston Villa salvaging a 2-2 draw at home to Hull.

The visitors had galloped into a strong position in the first half with goals from Jarrod Bowen and Evandro.

But James Chester's header just before the interval gave Villa a foothold in the match, with parity restored after 64 minutes when Tammy Abraham scored his 17th goal of the season.

Smith said: "I thought we started really well, but it looked like the confidence was drained out of us a little bit.

"We have shown togetherness and a lot of character, but we're giving poor goals away, that's for sure.

"Defensively, we've got to do better in the transitions.

"We made mistakes in the first half – and when you are one or two goals down, they become bigger mistakes.

"The lads worked as hard as they could. They ran their legs off and they were tired at the end."

Villa were, however, poor in the first half against a sprightly Hull side who had won their last six Sky Bet Championship games.

Though Smith was much happier with his players once Chester scored – the hosts largely controlled the second half – his team have not won at home in six matches.

The former Brentford manager said: "It's a hard place to play here when you're 2-0 down and you haven't won for a while.

"Just by having good body language, good attitudes and good energy, the crowd got behind us.

"But we've got to win games here, that's for sure.

"We're giving it everything. The lads have shown they've got the character, but it's the quality that's needed to go on and win games here.

"I'm just disappointed we didn't go on and win the game."

Hull head coach Nigel Adkins was satisfied with a point.

Having been in the relegation zone in early December, the East Yorkshire club have undergone a remarkable upturn in fortunes.

They remain ahead of Villa in the league and are six points off the play-off places.

Adkins said: "We could have won the game, especially when the goalkeeper made a fantastic save from Chris Martin at the death.

"I thought we started a bit tentatively, but we grew into the game.

"Our defensive shape was excellent. We scored two great goals and could have scored a couple more. I thought we looked a massive threat.

"For them to go and score just before half-time buoyed the home crowd. We responded in the second half and we had a few chances.

"All in all, you've got to say it was an enjoyable afternoon. I can't really remember David Marshall having many saves to make in the game.

"We've been on a good run. Yes, we could have won, but it's important we keep the unbeaten run going and we keep climbing the table – momentum is a hard thing to generate and keep going.

"You respect the point away from home."


Click here for more stories about Dean Smith

Click here for more stories about Aston Villa

Share this article now:
Dean Smith in charge of Aston Villa on December 7, 2018
Read Next:
That was rubbish – Villa boss Smith pulls no punches after heavy loss at Wigan
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account