Speaking on The Big Interview with Graham Hunter, Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has been discussing his side’s remarkable 7-2 win against Liverpool last season.
The Midlands club pulled off one of the most memorable wins in Premier League history last term as they dismantled the Reds at Villa Park.
Smith was understandably very proud of his side’s performance on the day, but he says that one of his players was actually disappointed when he came off the pitch.
What’s been said?
Smith was speaking about his side’s start to the 2020/21 campaign.
“My job is to try and expose weaknesses, we were fortunate last season because we won our first four games, but people forget our first game should have been Man City, but we played Sheffield United then Fulham away and then it was that Liverpool game,” Smith said.
The Aston Villa boss then went on to speak about that game against Liverpool and Ollie Watkins’ feelings after the match.”
“On the day, we scored three deflected goals, but we created so many chances that Ollie Watkins scored a perfect hat-trick and he was still disappointed because he felt he should have scored five. We didn’t have much possession, but we knew the areas we had to exploit when we got that ball back.”
Attitude of a champion
This just goes to show the type of attitude Watkins has.
The game against Liverpool probably represented the greatest performance of the former Brentford striker’s career, but he still came off the pitch wanting more.
Thinking back to that game, Watkins probably could have had one or two more goals, but at the end of the day, you can’t criticise any player who scores a hat-trick.
The bar is set for Watkins and when Villa play Liverpool this season he’ll certainly be looking to do the same again.