Head Coach Dean Smith shared his thoughts with VillaTV after seeing his Aston Villa side fall to a 3-0 defeat against Manchester United.
Bruno Fernandes’ controversial penalty set the visitors on their way before Mason Greenwood’s drilled effort in first-half injury time was followed up by Paul Pogba’s second-half strike at Villa Park.
Speaking post-match, here’s what Smith had to say…
On the penalty decision…
“We’ve created some chances, we didn’t take them, but we’re up against a quality team with a lot of pace and skill.
“The plan was to press them, certainly from the restarts and then try to leave their centre-halves on the ball to try and play passes through.
“And I thought the game plan was working well.
“We’ve had a couple of chances, Jack at the far post and Trez has hit the post.
“And then the decision for the penalty.
“You can understand Jon Moss (referee) getting the first one wrong because he’s human, but then when you see it on the camera, for the second one (VAR) to get it wrong is unbelievable.”
On United’s “killer” second goal…
“I’m disappointed that we dropped a little bit after that (the penalty), understandable a little bit because it’s human nature, and they’ve had a good chance with Fernandes’ header, which I thought was in.
“They started popping the ball a little bit and we couldn’t quite get back into the game.
“But if you get to half-time at 1-0 then you’ve got a chance to regroup, and then we’ve made a mistake with Tyrone on the halfway line and they’ve gone and capitalised and scored a second.
“And it’s always going to be hard against a team in that sort of form.”
On having four games remaining…
“We’ve got four matches now against teams who I believe we can be competitive against.
“It was always going to be hard against Liverpool and Manchester United, we knew that.
“But we had belief in both games and I think at times you could see that.
“We’re disappointed but, probably in a lot of Villa fans’ heart of hearts, they didn’t expect too much out of these Liverpool and Manchester United games.
“I felt it would come down to these last four and we‘ve got to make sure now that we dust ourselves down from this result and get ready for the last four.”
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