“I don’t really regret it. That’s just my way of dealing with the situation, a touch of sarcasm.” Smith said after insulting the referee in the Aston Villa - Manchester City match.
"reluctantly" accepts being charged for using abusive language and insulting the referee. He was sent off in theAston Villa
Smith will receive a touchline ban in the match againstNewcastle
The 49-year-old said:
“I will reluctantly accept it. I will accept the charge of insulting the officials. I certainly didn’t abuse them and that will be the end of the matter.
“I don’t really regret it. That’s just my way of dealing with the situation, a touch of sarcasm.”
The match against Manchester City turned to Villa's third winless match. Smith is hopeful with three games in hand:
“We feel like we’re in a good place. In our last three games we’ve played Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City and we’ve only got one point from them.
“We feel that we deserved more. We felt it was a poor penalty decision for Paul Pogba in the Manchester United game and obviously decisions went against us in the Manchester City game.
“Manchester City was the game I felt we deserved to get beaten as they were the better team. We’ve got great belief in the way we’re playing and the team we’ve got.”
As Newcastle has lost four of its five last matches and drew one. Smith believes that such a period of time happens for any club. He said:
“They had a great start to the season. You could see that the players all look bright and that they’ve got goalscorers within the team.
“They’re just going through one of those periods at the minute. We went through one last season – we haven’t had a period like it this season.
“You’re just waiting for something to kickstart you, and I’m sure it will. We have to make sure that it’s not against us.”
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