Aston Villa kicked off their new chapter under boss Dean Smith against Swansea City in front of a sell-out crowd at Villa Park. The ex-Brentford man replaced the departing Steve Bruce, who, after two years in charge, never really got the team playing at their best.
Languishing in the bottom half of the table, against all expectations, Aston Villa needed a win to kick on their big revival. And they were rewarded with just that. Tammy Abraham, in the 8th minute of time, used his height to rise above the Swansea defence and head home a delicious ball from Ahmed Elmohamady.
Following the goal, the game never really took off as Villa seemed set on securing their first three points under Dean Smith. The decent amount of clear cut chances reflected certainly reflected that.
Despite their victory, there were certainly a couple of performances that left a bit to be desired. Here are our two picks for players who weren’t at their best…
Since the arrival of Tammy Abraham Kodjia has been forced into a slightly more peripheral role than he would probably have wanted. However, if the forward turns out any more performances like he did off the bench on Saturday then he’s going to find himself in a stick situation at the club. He was mostly wasteful in possession and very nearly made a costly defensive error.
It wasn’t for the want of trying but Albert Adomah wasn’t at his best on Saturday.
Crosses were poor, finishing was non-existent, and he was replaced in the 74th minute. Confidence didn’t look to be at an all time high; however, with a new manager on board, we expect him to bounce back with some positive performances.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!