Many Aston Villa fans have taken a swipe at Dean Smith for his comments after the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
Heading into the game against Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions, Villa knew they needed a win, having picked up just two points in five games since the league’s restart.
Sitting 18th in the table, the task against Liverpool proved to be a tricky one, although Smith’s side did hold off conceding a goal until the 71st minute. Sadio Mane opened the scoring, netting past former Liverpool stopper Pepe Reina, before Curtis Jones sealed all three points and condemn Villa to a 20th league defeat of the season.
Smith was in defiant mood after the game, saying that “they can take heart” from how they played against the champions despite the result.
"I fully believe in this group of players and they have put in a performance today that they can take heart from."
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 5, 2020
The Midlands side now sit one point behind Watford, who hover just above the bottom three, and four points off West Ham in 16th, as per premierleague.com.
Reacting to Smith’s comments, many Villa fans had a negative opinion of the performance, with one claiming that the manager is “out of his depth”. Here is a selection of responses to the result:
We’re down already. Dean is way out of his depth.
— Risso (@manxvilla) July 5, 2020
It’s been obvious for months sadly
— Mark Ashmore (@mg_ashmore) July 5, 2020
Still not gonna keep us in the premiership though Dean can’t score goals can’t keep them out not enough quality to say the least
— davidsmith (@DavidsmithMrbre) July 5, 2020
You are aware when we go down every good player will leave, right?
— murph (@Murph82) July 5, 2020
We’ve the right man in charge for next years championship battle 🙈
— k9lavin (@K9Lavin) July 6, 2020
— pacbuddies (@pcrayth) July 5, 2020
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