Aston Villa boss Dean Smith was left disappointed with Ahmed Elmohamady’s defending on Sunday against Leicester City, as per his comments on the club’s official website.
Villa were beaten 2-1 by Leicester, and in the first half they were all at sea.
Right from the start of the game, Villa were on the back foot and Leicester made their pressure tell early on.
James Maddison put the Foxes in front with a fine finish, but Smith felt Villa could have done more to stop the build up.
Elmohamady went to challenge Jamie Vardy in the air, with Ezri Konsa already there to compete.
That allowed space down the right-hand side when the ball broke, which in turn created an opportunity for Harvey Barnes to feed Maddison for the shot.
And Smith felt that his side didn’t compete well enough for second balls all game.
He said: “I’m disappointed with the goals. Elmo shouldn’t have got involved with the first one, leave it to Ezri and deal with the second ball. In general they dealt with the second balls better than we did.”
Elmohamady is already playing second fiddle to Matty Cash at Villa, and his performance is unlikely to have put the summer signing’s position under any threat.
Villa’s disappointing defeat to Leicester means that they now sit in eighth place in the Premier League table.