Di Matteo pleased, not relieved, by Aston Villa win

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo

The Villans beat Rotherham 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di MatteoAston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo

Aston Villa manager Roberto di Matteo has insisted to the Daily Mail he was pleased, not relieved, by his side’s win over Rotherham.

The Villans hosted Alan Stubbs’ side at Villa Park on Saturday as they looked to bounce back from the disappointing opening day defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

They did just that with Rudy Gestede scoring twice and Jack Grealish grabbing the other in a comfortable 3-0 victory.

Aston Villa's Rudy Gestede celebrates scoring their first goal with teammatesAston Villa's Rudy Gestede celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates

The win brought about an end to a 190 day wait for all three points, with their last win coming all the way back at the beginning of February.

There was naturally a big sense of relief afterwards, but Di Matteo insisted that pleasure was his main emotion as he could see positive signs from his side.

“I am not relieved, I am pleased because I could see some positive signs despite the fact we lost the first game,” he told the Daily Mail.

“I could see we are improving and we will keep improving, Results like this will help. Many of our players haven’t had that feeling for a long time.”

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish scores their third goalAston Villa's Jack Grealish scores their third goal

It now remains to be seen if Aston Villa can build on this positive display as they seek to make an instant return to the Premier League.

To say it had been a poor start to the season before then would be an understatement but this win could mark the luck turning in their favour.

Di Matteo will certainly be hoping so having already come under pressure this early into the season.

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di MatteoAston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo

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