Paul McGrath explains why he's disappointed with Aston Villa's defence

Former Aston Villa defender Paul McGrath spotted problems in his old side's defence earlier this week.

Former Aston Villa defender Paul McGrath explained to talkSPORT why he was disappointed with his old side’s defending during the 3-3 draw against QPR.

QPR played well over the second half of the game to force their way into a 3-2 lead before Christian Benteke completed his hat-trick to secure Tim Sherwood’s side a valuable point in the fight against relegation.

“I was disappointed with the position of the players – When you’ve got two players and a player walks through the two of you, that’s upsetting as a defender,” said McGrath.

Villa’s defence will be under intense scrutiny for the rest of the season because clean sheets are going to be key.

If the defence can play well and keep the errors as low as possible, it takes the pressure away from the attack and makes their job slightly easier as they won’t need to go chasing three goals to get something out of a game.

Tim Sherwood has been quite open about the problems he’s had in defence this season in terms of injuries, often forced to use players out of position and players lacking match sharpness in key games.

However, it’s not the time for excuses and the defence needs to be much better in the match against Tottenham this weekend.

Tottenham have a number of players who can exploit any hesitancy in Villa’s defence and everyone needs to be switched on and focused on getting the right result.

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