Dean Smith spoke to the media after seeing his side go down to a 2-1 defeat against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
The Aston Villa boss discussed the performance, key decisions and Mbwana Samatta’s first goal for the club.
Here’s what he had to say…
On the result…
Very disappointing. We came into it on the back of some great wins that had given us great confidence, and this was a kick in the stomach.
11v11 we didn’t play well enough on the ball. They went longer from goal kicks and we competed for the first, but we never won enough second balls and that gave them a territorial advantage in the first half.
They used that to their advantage and scored two goals in the second phase.
On key decisions…
I’m disappointed with their second goal because Ezri is up in the air after he gets pushed on the edge of our box and then they score.
I felt that we should have had a penalty. Bjorn Engels has got a black eye.
He’s gone up above the goalkeeper and headed it and the goalkeeper’s punched him in the face. It wasn’t even reviewed, I don’t believe.
On Samatta’s goal…
He’ll be as disappointed as we all are that we haven’t won the game, but he’ll be pleased with that goal.
It’s nice for him to get his first Premier League goal.