Ian Holloway says Aston Villa deserved a point against Sheffield Wednesday

Millwall manager Ian Holloway

The Villans were beaten by a late goal from Fernando Forestieri on Sunday.

Millwall manager Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway has told Sky Sports that Aston Villa deserved a point from their game with Sheffield Wednesday.

Villa kicked off their Championship campaign on Sunday as they travelled to Hillsborough to take on Carlos Carvahal’s side.

It proved to be a disappointing start to the season for them as a late goal from Fernando Forestieri, courtesy of a mistake from new goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, saw the Owls take all three points.

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) before the game

It was a cruel finale for Roberto di Matteo’s side, who had done enough to win the game themselves or at least grab a point.

And Holloway has admitted that he felt they deserved a share of the spoils from the game.

"I think he [Roberto di Matteo] will feel a little bit down because on the balance of play, with the two halves together, they deserved a point," he told Sky Sports.

Sheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goalSheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal

It now remains to be seen if Villa can quickly bounce back from this disappointing defeat.

The start was not ideal to say the least, but they will know that there are still plenty of games to be played before this season is over.

Indeed, they can take heart from the fact that both Middlesbrough and Burnley failed to win on the opening day last season and were still promoted, showing that this loss is not the end of the world.

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di MatteoAston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo

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