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Dean's debrief: Result, Drinkwater debut, bouncing back and recruitment

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Dean's debrief: Result, Drinkwater debut, bouncing back and recruitment

Dean Smith faced the media after his Aston Villa side endured a difficult afternoon against Manchester City.

The manager spoke about the result, new signing Danny Drinkwater, how his team can bounce back and plans for January recruitment.

Here’s what he had to say…

On the result…

We were certainly contributors to our own downfall today. We made mistakes for goals and I think the third goal summed up our performance.

They made 20 passes without any physical contact and Sergio Aguero puts it in the top corner from 20 yards out with no one within three of four yards of him.

As good a team as Manchester City are, if you’re making any physical contact on them then you’re going to get punished.

On Drinkwater debut…

Danny Drinkwater will make us a better team. I thought he started the game well, got on the ball and played some decent passes.

He’s made a mistake for their second goal, but I think there was a mistake in trying to run the ball out before that as well.

He got 75 minutes of match time today, which he needed. He’s come in and looked good in training and he certainly wasn’t the reason we’ve been beaten 6-1 today.

On bouncing back…

We know that we’ve contributed to the scoreline today, which doesn’t help. A lot of those players are the same players who did so well against Burnley and Leicester City.

It’s a setback but I’m sure that it won’t harm us going forward because we’ve got three big games against teams in and around us.

We’ll learn from it and move forward. We were very poor against Watford, got beat 3-0, we learned from it and went and put in a really good performance against Burnley.

On recruitment…

If we don’t [sign a striker before the next game] I’ll have to cope with it. That’s the name of the game.

I know how hard the people above me are working to try and get players in, and I know how hard this market is to work in.

If we get one in, brilliant. If we don’t, we’ll cope.

Greg  Styles
By @GregStyles91 12th January 2020