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Dean Smith calls for a winning response after the loss to Sheffield

Fri 05 March 2021 | 13:13

Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith has called for an immediate response as his side hope to get their European spot in the groove again.

The Villa Park outfit welcomed Wolves on Saturday following Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United. 

It weakened their European hopes and left them 10th in the

Premier League

table, seven points behind fifth-put Everton with a game at hand.

The defeat came after a 1-0 triumph at Leeds, and Smith urges his men to stay sharp and react in their Midlands derby. 

"We want to be as consistent as we can and we want reactions when we don't perform well," he said.

"There was a lot of frustration but we reviewed the game and the lads are still in a good place.

"It was a disappointing result – not so much the performance. We'd just been to Leeds and nullified a very good Leeds team, restricted them to a few chances.

"We restricted Sheffield United to even fewer chances. Unfortunately, we didn't take our big chances on the night. In some ways we played better against Sheffield United than we did against Leeds but we didn't get the result.

"Everybody table-watches a bit, and with Sheffield United at the bottom of the league you feel it's one you should go and win.

"The lads are in a good place because they know they played well against Leeds and Sheffield United."

Captain

Jack Grealish

probably will sit out as he keeps on recuperating from a shin issue which has constrained him to miss the last two matches. 

Matt Cash (hamstring), Kortney Hause (foot), and Wesley (knee) remain out of action for the Villa.

"Jack Grealish is doing better. He's unlikely to play. I've not sat down with the medical staff yet but he was on the AlterG (treadmill) running yesterday," the 49-year-old Smith added in a press conference.

"He looks pain-free now, so once I sit down with the medical staff we'll decide what he's doing.

"Matty Cash is still recovering. He's in rehabilitation now and it shouldn't be too long before he's back training with us, so that's good news.

"Welsey's in full contact training with us now. The problem is arranging some games for Wesley to play. He'll probably get involved in some Under-23 games, but that's really good news because he's been out for 14 or 15 months now.

"Kortney Hause should join in training with us next week, as well. That's really good news."

 

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