Roberto di Matteo bemoans equaliser but insists Pierluigi Gollini will not dwell on error

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo

The Aston Villa manager was clearly frustrated by the manner in which Villa conceded, but is confident that Gollini will get over it.

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo

Aston Villa manager Roberto di Matteo has suggested to the club's official website that Pierluigi Gollini should have done better for Huddersfield's equaliser, but insisted that the goalkeeper should not and will not dwell on his mistake.

Villa were 1-0 up through Ross McCormack's first goal for the club but after a completely dominant first half had struggled to put the game to bed against Huddersfield as the visitors came into the match after half-time.

With four minutes to go they let their lead slip in calamitous fashion as Gollini came out of his penalty area to clear but could only smack the ball into Town substitute Michael Hefele and watch as the ball rebounded off the player and into the goal.

Aston Villa's Pierluigi Gollini looks dejected after Huddersfield's first goal

The goal was undoubtedly a hugely unlucky one to concede, but Di Matteo appears to feel that young goalkeeper Gollini should have done better with his clearance.

The Italian manager told the club's website: "Pierluigi Gollini wanted to kick it away and kicked it on to the opposition. There was plenty of space. James Chester blocked the Huddersfield player off nicely. He did, however, make some great saves in the game.

"He is disappointed about it. He is a young keeper and he will have to learn from this and improve too.

Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew in action with Huddersfield's Chris Lowe

"You learn from your mistakes. These are experiences and you learn from good and bad ones. He’s a strong character. He will certainly get over it."

That late equaliser prevented Villa from recording back-to-back victories at home this week after their 3-0 cruise against Rotherham United.

The relegated club now have four points from their first three league matches of the season ahead of Saturday's short trip to Derby County.

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo

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