Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is facing sack threat after Wolves defeat

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is facing sack threat after Wolves defeat which extended winless run to eight matches

  • Dean Smith is under scrutiny after Aston Villa lost at home to Wolves on Saturday
  • Villa remain second-bottom in the table and are winless in eight matches
  • Smith oversaw a £140m spending spree following promotion last summer
  • The Villa boss defended his ‘fatigued’ players after latest local derby defeat 

Dean Smith is under mounting pressure after Aston Villa lost again.

Villa failed to take their latest opportunity to climb out of the bottom three, losing 1-0 at home to Wolves — a defeat that extends their winless run to eight games. They are second-bottom with six games left.

Villa’s last three points came back in January, and have seven wins all season despite spending more than £140million following promotion last season. They also have the Premier League’s worst defensive record having shipped 60 goals.

Dean Smith is under scrutiny after Aston Villa lost at home to Wolves on Saturday afternoon

Smith bemoaned Villa’s schedule as the only side to play four games in 11 days since the restart.

Smith said: ‘This was an average game from two teams who were very fatigued. They’ve had three games in seven days, we’ve had four in 11 and that’s the spectacle you’re going to get — few chances, littered with mistakes and fatigued bodies.

‘We more than matched a top-six team but the only bit of quality in the game was the goal.’

Villa do, at least, have a week off ahead of their next game at Liverpool. Smith added: ‘It’s ridiculous to ask the players to play this amount of games in such a short space of time.’




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