Aston Villa boss slams 'rubbish' performance

Dean Smith manager of Aston Villa during a press conference at Villa Park Stadium on October 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa have shipped six goals and scored none in two games.

Dean Smith, Manager of Aston Villa talks to Tammy Abraham of Aston Villa  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Swansea City at Villa Park on October 20, 2018 in...

Dean Smith has admitted to BBC Sport that it hurts him as an Aston Villa fan to see his side suffer back-to-back 3-0 defeats after Saturday's 'rubbish' display.

The Villans were pumped at Wigan Athletic this past weekend in a dismal performance which yielded no shots on target for Smith's troops.

That came on the back of Swansea dumping Aston Villa out of the FA Cup by the same scoreline at Villa Park nine days ago.

Smith, a lifelong Villa supporter, took charge of his boyhood club back in October following the dismissal of Steve Bruce.

 

And the former Brentford boss admits that now he has to earn his money, with the West Midlands side winning two of their last 10 games across all competitions.

"I'm an Aston Villa fan and to lose 3-0 two weeks on the spin is very, very disappointing. That performance was rubbish - it was very poor," he told BBC Sport

"And I've got to earn my money now and make sure it never happens again. Overall I thought they ran harder than we did and that's the disappointing thing."

As long as Villa have a 16-goal striker in Tammy Abraham then there's always a chance to turn around their dismal run of form.

And if January loan signing Kortney Hause has the desired effect then they could, in theory, stop leaking goals at the back.

And although the Wolves defender didn't have a brilliant debut at Wigan, he is bound to be a bit rusty after not making a senior appearance since September.

Dean Smith Manager of Aston Villa during the FA Cup Third Round match between Aston Villa and Swansea City at Villa Park on January 05, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

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