Di Matteo reacts to Aston Villa defeat, highlights a positive

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo

Aston Villa lost against Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship on Sunday.

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di MatteoAston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has been quoted as saying by BBC Sport that he was pleased with the performance of his side in the second half against Sheffield Wednesday.

Villa kicked off their 2016-17 Championship campaign with a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Wednesday away from home on Sunday evening.

Fernando Forestieri’s goal five minutes from full time proved to be the difference between the two sides at the Hillsborough Stadium.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal and Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo (R) before the gameSheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal and Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo (R)

Di Matteo was disappointed with the final result, but he was pleased with his side’s performance in the second half as they created chances to score.

"With 10 minutes to go, you're away from home against a good side, you'd like to see the game out,” BBC Sport quotes Di Matteo as saying. “If you can't win it, don't lose it.

"Unfortunately it was an error from us that gave them the goal, but I thought that in the second half we were a very good team and had some excellent opportunities to score.

"It's very harsh for us to take because I'd like the opposition to do something special to score, rather than give them a goal.”

New manager Roberto Di Matteo and New owner Dr Tony Xia pose after the press conferenceRoberto Di Matteo and Dr Tony Xia

Over the course of the 90 minutes at the Hillsborough Stadium on Sunday evening, hosts Wednesday had 52% of the possession, took 17 shots of which six were on target, and earned 12 corners, according to BBC Sport.

Visitors Villa had 48% of the possession, took 12 shots of which only two were on target, and earned nine corners, according to BBC Sport.

Villa will return to action on Wednesday evening when they take on Luton Town in the first round of the EFL Cup.

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