Can Roberto Di Matteo really afford another defeat at Aston Villa?

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo looks dejected at the end of the match

Two games and two defeats has seen the pressure mount on Aston Villa manager Di Matteo so is another defeat out of the question on Saturday?

When Roberto Di Matteo took the Aston Villa job in June he was fully aware he had his work cut out. 

The club endured a nightmare season in the Premier League which saw them finish bottom with 17 points and only three victories.

Aston Villa fans with a banner before the match

It seems wrong to see a club of Aston Villa's stature in the second tier of English football for the first time since 1987 and it's the former West Brom, Chelsea and Schalke manager's job to resurrect the club after a shocking 12 months.

The club's last victory came in February against Norwich City, another side who faced relegation and the rot seems to have continued into the Championship

It's early days so you wouldn't want to panic although two defeats isn't the perfect beginning to life as a new manager, it speaks volumes of the task ahead that suggestions of pressure on the manager are already underway after two losses. 

Villa were embarrassed at times on Wednesday evening with senior players such as Micah Richards and Jores Okore given the run around with a real lack of direction that has sparked Di Matteo into looking for reinforcements with James Chester joining the club as well as Crystal Palce midfielder Miles Jedinak.

Sunderland's Dame N'Doye in action with West Brom's James Chester

Much was made of the appointment of Di Matteo, the Italian is a calm, composed and relaxed man but is he the manager the club need? 

It's a moment in the club where you need potentially someone to take instant control and be respected within the dressing room, by Wednesday's performance it will be work in progress until we see the side Di Matteo wants.

Alan Stubbs' Rotherham United are the visitors to Villa Park on Saturday and Di Matteo will already be under some pressure to deliver maximum points.

It's only early days but Saturday's game is crucial, as another defeat would could cast more and more doubt to the board, players and managers as to whether Di Matteo is the man to get this club out of their sorry state of affairs.

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