Dion Dublin sees positives in Aston Villa defeat to Watford

The former striker felt Villa did well at points at Villa Park.

Aston Villa's poor start to the season continued yesterday with a 3-2 defeat against Watford at Villa Park.

Goals from Micah Richards and Jordan Ayew were not enough as The Hornets won the game through efforts from Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney, either side of an Alan Hutton own goal.

It was one of Villa's better performances of the season and on half time they looked on the up after captain Richards had powered home a header.

At that point one former Villa hero was happy with the way the home side had responded. Dion Dublin, who scored plenty of goals in his six year stint at Villa Park, told the BBC:

"I am looking at Aston Villa to see if they can build on their last 10 minutes.

"In the first-half Watford came flying out of the blocks and then Micah Richards, the captain, stood up and got the goal.

"It was a great response and now it is about game management. Can they go on now?"

Unfortunately that response was not good enough. Once again Villa were sloppy at the back and it cost them - as they remain bottom of the table with just five points from 14 games this season.

However the fight was certainly there. When you compare Villa to another relegation candidate Newcastle United at least it appears that the Villa players are fighting for the results in their fight against the drop.

Their next game is at Southampton away and the club will need to pick up some points if fans are going to seriously think about Premier League survival.

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