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The Boss: Smith on Wigan loss, his message to the players, triple substitution and Kodjia absence

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The Boss: Smith on Wigan loss, his message to the players, triple substitution and Kodjia absence

Dean Smith spoke to Club TV following the 3-0 loss at Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

His thoughts in full can be found below...

On what went wrong...

We started alright and neither side had big chances.

Lovre Kalinic has made a really good save in the first five minutes, before Tammy Abraham has a good chance at the other end.

But today we just weren't good enough on the ball. We got very frustrated in the second half with the amount of time it took to get the ball into play and the stoppages. We never got a foothold.

Sometimes I have to take things on the chin myself. I wanted to get some energy in there and galvanise us by making a triple change. Today, it didn't work.


On what he said in the dressing room post-match...

I said that I came to Aston Villa because results weren't going our way, and that it's my job to get results.

We came in and hit the ground running. But from the performances against the likes of West Brom, Middlesbrough and Derby County – we were a million miles away from that.

I'll go back to the drawing board and have a look myself. I don't think tactically there was too much wrong. We just weren't good enough on the ball.

They out ran us, too, and that's disappointing.

On whether the performance took him by surprise after a good week in training...

Training has been no different to when we were getting those big results away from home.

I felt the lads looked frustrated today. Particularly in that last 15 minutes, where perhaps we started to play more like individuals.

We're better than that and we have to go and prove it. No one is going to give us anything – we have to work hard for it.


On Kortney Hause's introduction...

I thought it would balance the team up a bit.

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.

On back-to-back home matches coming up....

It has to be a motivation.

The supporters who came today are disappointed – they were expecting a victory today, and certainly a better performance.

I'm not making any excuses for it and the players have been told in the dressing room now.

We have to go home and perform for them now. And hopefully come the end of the season they'll be singing their names again, because they have every right to be disappointed today.


On Jonathan Kodjia's absence...

He got injured in training on Thursday.

He was in Friday and this morning for treatment.

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 12th January 2019