Dan Burke

Dean Smith slams ‘rubbish’ Aston Villa after Wigan defeat

"This is the bottom of where I've been so far in my managerial career"

Aston Villa were beaten 3-0 away at Wigan Athletic on Saturday and manager Dean Smith was less than impressed.

Goals from Gary Roberts, Michael Jacobs and Joe Garner left Villa with just one win from their last eight games, and saw them slip down to 12th in the Championship.

And when speaking to the BBC, Smith revealed what he told his players after the game.

“I told the players after the game this is the bottom of where I’ve been so far in my managerial career. And it should be the bottom of where Aston Villa is,” he said.

“I’m an Aston Villa fan and to lose 3-0 two weeks on the spin is very, very disappointing. That performance was rubbish – it was very poor.

“And I’ve got to earn my money now and make sure it never happens again. Overall I thought they ran harder than we did and that’s the disappointing thing.”

Smith made a triple substitution in the second half and one of his substitutes – 23-year-old Kortney Hause – had a debut he will probably want to forget.

But the Villans boss explained the decision to bring him on and why the on-loan defender wasn’t quite at the races.

“I thought it would balance the team up a bit,” he told the club’s official website.

“They let James Chester come out with the ball and he was always on his wrong foot.

“I felt it would be right to get Kortney on with his left foot. He’s a bit rusty but the work we’ll do in training will push him on.”

Villa’s next game will see them host Hull City at Villa Park next Saturday.