Dean Smith confident he can fix Aston Villa’s slide if given time despite fifth consecutive defeat


Dean Smith confident he can arrest Aston Villa’s slide if given time despite suffering their fifth consecutive defeat against Southampton  

  • Aston Villa suffered their fifth consecutive defeat against Southampton  
  • Dean Smith is under pressure but has backed himself to fix Villa’s slump
  • Smith says he is confident he can turn it around if he’s given the time 


Dean Smith is confident he can turn around Aston Villa’s fortunes if he is afforded time.

Villa slumped to a fifth straight defeat as Adam Armstrong’s early strike was enough for Southampton to earn a 1-0 win at St Mary’s on Friday night.

If results go against Smith’s side this weekend they could go into the international break in the Premier League bottom three.

Dean Smith is under pressure after Villa suffered their fifth consecutive defeat on Friday 

But the Villa manager insists he can turn it around with players set to return from injury

But the Villa manager insists he can turn it around with players set to return from injury  

The 50-year-old will come under increased pressure after a poor first half led to another loss despite rallying after the interval.

Asked if he feels he will be given the time to address the recent results, Smith replied:

‘I am very confident if given time that we will turn it around with the squad we have got, and the payers we have got coming back (from injury).

‘I feel disappointed obviously. I think we have got a strong squad here, at the moment we are struggling a little it with injuries.

‘Five defeats seems to have come from nowhere a little bit. There have been some tight games, poor decisions go against us, but the lads left everything out there today and you can see their support and how they wanted to get a result today.’

Smith felt his side did not play with enough intensity in the first half but is happier with the performances in defeats to West Ham and Southampton than in the game before that at Arsenal.

‘It was obvious a much better second-half performance, we played with a lot more intensity,’ he added.

‘I thought we got pressure on them, I don’t think our pressure was good enough in the first half. We tried to change that mid-game. It is much harder to do that but we did it, put it right and thought we were the better team second half. They were the better team first half.

Adam Armstrong's early first-half strike was enough to condemn Aston Villa to another loss

Adam Armstrong’s early first-half strike was enough to condemn Aston Villa to another loss 

Aston Villa could enter the relegation zone if results go against them over the weekend

Aston Villa could enter the relegation zone if results go against them over the weekend 

‘I actually think I felt a lot worse after the Arsenal game, our last two performances have shown a lot of intensity and character.

‘The fans that were here tonight saw the effort the lads put in and they need to continue showing that.’

While Villa’s struggles continued, a third win in four moved Southampton to within three points of the top six.

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