Aston Villa showed great character and determination on Saturday to come from 3-0 down to snatch a stoppage time equaliser against Sheffield United, which gave Dean Smith’s men at least a point from the match.
Villa were staring down defeat at Villa Park and with only eight minutes left to play Tyrone Mings gave the home-side a lifeline before Tammy Abraham and Andre Green got in on the act to rescue the result.
But, the draw was again a sign of the inconsistency that Villa have been struggling with this season, while it was also the Birmingham club’s 14th draw of the campaign, the most by any team in the Championship.
Draws have begun to cost Villa points lately, instead of helping them secure valuable results.
The main problem, though, for Smith’s team has been the fact that they have scored quite a lot of goals in these draws.
Defensively, Villa have struggled for a while now due to injuries to some of the club’s main centre-backs, but going forward, the Villans have been lethal and the performances of someone like Abraham this season might have deserved better than a draw at stages.
One five-all draw, two three-all draws and five two-all draws aren’t really results to be proud of and in the long-run it has probably done Villa more harm than good for a club of such stature.
It is also worrying that the majority of those results have been come-from-behind draws where Villa left it late to get a point from the encounter.
Currently tenth in the league, Villa could’ve been higher up the table should they have seen out some of those draws by securing a victory instead and it could’ve helped their fight for a playoff spot.
But, if Smith doesn’t sort out the struggles at the back soon, these results could continue towards the end of the season.