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Dean's Debrief: Mings' injury, defensive effort, VAR and Ron Saunders tribute

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Dean's Debrief: Mings' injury, defensive effort, VAR and Ron Saunders tribute

Dean Smith spoke to the media after Aston Villa were downed by Leicester City.

On Ron Saunders…

The whole club and the supporters paid their respects to him really well today. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a performance to match that.

I grew up as a fan in the 1970s when Ron Saunders was in charge and he built an unbelievable team that I was fortunate enough to come and watch.

I’m very thankful that I was a supporter during that historical part of this club’s great history. My heart goes out to his family.

On Mings injury…

I thought he’d pulled his hamstring straight away – that’s why I turned round to Bjorn Engels.

He’s never had a muscle injury before and the message I got from the medical staff was that he wanted to carry on and he feels that it might be cramp and not a muscle injury.

He carried on and unfortunately, we conceded a goal in that period. It’s a hamstring injury, so he’ll have a scan and we’ll find out what it is.

On VAR…

We’d just got back into the game before half-time through Jack [Grealish] and there was a free header in the box for Jonny Evans.

I had a look on the monitor and there doesn’t seem to be much in it but I’ve watched in back and there’s a block on Elmohamady, who was marking him.

If it goes up to VAR, then for me VAR should disallow it. That’s what their role is and I’m not sure it wasn’t disallowed.

On defensive effort…

You can’t expect to win football games at Villa Park when you concede 23 opportunities.

Saying that, we went toe-to-toe with them and had 15 ourselves. Defensively, our structure has to be better and individually our defending has to be better.

I looked at it at half-time and we’d had as many chance as Leicester, but they’d been more clinical.

They’ve got a player, who two and half years ago people were talking about as a £70 million player, in a rich vein of form. He was always going to be difficult to contain and we didn’t.

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 8th December 2019