Dean Smith says Aston Villa is not in crisis despite relegation battle Football news

Last updated: 12/31/19 8:32 PM

Dean Smith insists that there will be no “crisis meeting” at Villa Park

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has refused to accept that his team is in a “crisis” after the 3-0 defeat to relegation to rivals Watford on Saturday.

Villa was promoted from the Sky Bet Championship this summer and spent £ 144.5m on players – the second highest in the division – but is in the bottom three of the Premier League en route to 2020.

They travel to Turf Moor on Wednesday after collecting fewer points on the road this season than any other side in the Premier League – four of a possible 30 – and have won only once in seven top flying competitions.

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“There will be no crisis meeting,” said Smith.

“A crisis is when you have up to 12 players [in your team] and you beat seven or eight zero every week.

“The fact is that we are not currently performing in the highest league. It is a tough competition to play in.”

When he questioned about Villa’s summer spending, Smith added, “That’s the route we wanted to take. We wanted to buy players with potential. At the moment, some of them have to live up to that potential.”

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Smith believes his players lack confidence and have minimized setbacks, believing that a positive result and performance against Burnley can inspire his team.

“The result [against Watford] is certainly a blow, but football can turn around very quickly,” he said.

“If you go to Burnley and get a result, it can suddenly change very quickly. [But] it will be difficult. They are hard to beat there and they know what to do to earn points in this competition.” .

“The players have to believe in their hype and their potential. I feel that some people lack confidence.”

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