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Dean's debrief: Tough loss, costly mistakes and paying the penalty

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Dean's debrief: Tough loss, costly mistakes and paying the penalty

Dean Smith spoke to the media at the King Power Stadium after Monday night’s defeat against Leicester City.


The Aston Villa boss picked through the 4-0 loss and discussed the game’s key talking points.


Here’s what he had to say…


On result…


We wanted a performance and a reaction from the cup final, feeling that we had a chance here tonight.


They’ve scored four goals against us in both league games, but we feel as though we’ve been in both games.


We started the game well and I thought our defensive shape was good and we were well organised. We made a big error and that let Harvey Barnes in.


On Mings’ handball…


At 1-0 we were still in it and unfortunately, we’ve had a decision go against us with the penalty.


My opinion was that it wasn’t a penalty. We then had to go and chase the game, which is difficult to do against a team like this.


On errors…


You want to get into half-time at 0-0, but we make a big error. It’s a ball over the top, Pepe comes out and makes Barnes’ job a lot easier.


We keep making basic errors. The third goal, we had enough bodies behind the ball and we were well organised.


Jamie Vardy picks the ball up against four of our players, but he’s allowed to run into our box and have two bites at the cherry.


At 3-0 down, their fans are cock-a-hoop and our heads drop a little bit and it becomes very difficult.

Greg  Styles
By @GregStyles91 9th March 2020