Alex Mott

Dean Smith taking the positives despite third-straight Villa defeat

Dean Smith has admitted that he was pleased with Aston Villa’s performance despite going down 2-0 to Sheffield United on Saturday.

A John Fleck double ensured that the Midlands side slipped to 17th in the Premier League, just goal difference above the relegation places.

But Smith has insisted that he is taking positives from the loss, even though Villa are now four games without a win.

“To be honest, I didn’t think it was a decent first half,” he told reporters.

“I thought defensively we were OK but we never managed the ball well enough. For me, that’s something we should be doing with the players we’ve got. First half, we frustrated them and knew they’d come flying out of the traps. We wanted to make sure weren’t as open as we were against Leicester.

“I thought we did that but we never managed the ball with the cultured players that we’ve got. Second half, we wanted more of the same defensively but a little bit more on the ball.

“I never felt we worked hard enough without it. It was a game of few chances. Tom Heaton’s not made a save all game. I think there was three shots on target all game, two were goals.”