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Kevin MacDonald: Caretaker on Millwall loss, players' mindset, 'new manager watching' and whether squad can challenge

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Kevin MacDonald: Caretaker on Millwall loss, players' mindset, 'new manager watching' and whether squad can challenge

Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald spoke to Club TV following the 2-1 defeat at Millwall.

His thoughts are below in full.

On the performance and the result...

I'm obviously disappointed to lose.

We always knew that defending set pieces was going to be critical. We're disappointed with both of the goals they got.

In the first half we played some good stuff and got a lot more crosses in than we had done for a while. We just didn't quite get on the end of them.

In the second half, we lost our way a little once they'd scored. We thought putting the two strikers up and getting crosses in would have given us chances – James Bree had the half chance.

We're disappointed not to come away with something.


On Tammy Abraham's goal...

It was very good.

It was a great delivery from Conor Hourihane and a fantastic finish from Tammy.

I think if we'd managed to get to half-time at 1-0 it could have been a different game, but we didn't and we've ended up losing three points.

On the scrappy nature of the game...

Millwall play the way they play and do it very well.

We had to compete with that and did so well in the first half when we moved the ball quicker.

In the second half, we were a bit slower and it gave Millwall the chance to get back into shape. We couldn't break them down from there.


On the attitude of the players...

A lot of them would have been disappointed with the previous manager going this week.

Likewise, they would have wanted to impress the new manager, which I imagine will be appointed some time in the next week.

There would have been plenty of potential new managers either watching in the stand or from afar today.

There was no doubting their energy. We just didn't finish enough chances off and have that quality in the final pass.

On the upcoming break that will see us regroup...

Unfortunately for the players a lot of them don't get a break. Quite a few will be on international duty for a few games.

They're going to have to make sure they're right for when they come back.


On whether this group can challenge this season...

There's always been the team here that can battle among the top. With the squad the previous manager got together, there always has been.

At the moment, they're not quite getting the right results for us. 

But I'm sure the opposition, including Neil Harris today, all think they've been the better side against us.

We'll go again as a club after the break.

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 6th October 2018