Jack Grealish latest as Smith admits Villa ‘didn’t deserve to win’ against Newcastle


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Dean’s admission

Aston Villa Dean Smith was frustrated with his side after they managed to drop 2 points with just seconds remaining against Newcastle after a last minute equaliser having taken the lead through Ollie Watkins.

Dean told the broadcasters that he was disappointed to lose the points when they were winning with just seconds remaining.

“When you’re a goal up with four minutes to go you’re disappointed (not to win) naturally,” Smith said to BT Sport.

Jack Grealish latest as Smith admits Villa ‘didn’t deserve to win’ against Newcastle

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 08: Goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on November 08, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Visionhaus)

“We didn’t deserve to win, but I thought it was a bit of an ugly game. We should see it out, but I can’t be too hard on the boys because they have done for most of the season.

“There’s not been too many games when we haven’t created chances, but this was a very scrappy game. We’ve got good enough players to go and score goals.”

The draw means that their advantage over tenth place Arsenal is now just three points, in addition to missing out on the opportunity to go above Liverpool in the table.

Grealish latest

Before the game against Newcastle, Smith did give an update on when fans could expect to see Jack Grealish back on the pitch after he suffered a leg injury. Smith revealed that the injury was causing Grealish significant pain and that he needed a period of time off until that subsided.

“It’s a lower leg injury. He had some discomfort, so he went to see the doctor and they decided that he needed a period of rest until he was pain-free,” said Smith.

Jack Grealish latest as Smith admits Villa ‘didn’t deserve to win’ against Newcastle

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 28: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on December 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

The Villa manager hopes that he will be available for the game against Spurs on the 21st of March. The match could be a pivotal moment towards the end of the campaign with both clubs looking to secure European football for next season.

“He has been ill this week so he’s been off for a couple of days as well, but we’re hopeful for the Tottenham game now, that’s for sure,” he said.

“He’s still in and around the training ground. He takes part in the meetings. He’s got a voice and an opinion, which is good.”

Villa are currently 9th with just 4 points between them and 7th placed Spurs.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 29 40 68
2 Manchester United FC 28 23 54
3 Leicester City FC 28 16 53
4 Chelsea FC 28 19 50
5 West Ham United FC 27 11 48
6 Everton FC 27 4 46
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 27 18 45
8 Liverpool FC 28 11 43
9 Aston Villa FC 26 11 40
10 Arsenal FC 27 7 38
11 Leeds United 27 -3 35
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 28 -9 35
13 Crystal Palace FC 28 -17 34
14 Southampton FC 28 -14 33
15 Burnley FC 28 -16 30
16 Newcastle United FC 27 -17 27
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 27 -8 26
18 Fulham FC 28 -11 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 28 -36 18
20 Sheffield United FC 28 -29 14
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 16
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 9
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8

Source: 101greatgoals.com