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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Dean Smith has spoken of his sheer frustration after Aston Villa twice blew a lead at Crystal Palace. Tyrick Mitchell chested home with six minutes to remaining to complete the home side's comeback after Villa went in at the break 2-1 up. Christian Benteke cancelled out John McGinn's opener before Wilfried Zaha did the same to chalk off Anwar El Ghazi's strike. However, despite a positive first-half performance, it was all Palace after the break as Mitchell latched onto Eberechi Eze's volley to divert goalwards to win it for the Eagles. Speaking afterwards, Smith said: "I'm bitterly disappointed and annoyed as well because I came in at half-time and felt it was a really strong performance and we looked like a really good team. Read More Related Articles Crystal Palace 3 Aston Villa 2 live match reaction plus injury updates on Cash and Mings Read More Related Articles Aston Villa player ratings vs Crystal Palace: McGinn impresses, Konsa struggles without Mings "We gave them lots of problems and were probably unfortunate not to come in more than a goal to the good. "But, in the second half, they counter-pressed us a lot better and we never played with the same intensity and quality on the ball and that enabled Crystal Palace to get a foothold in the game." Smith added: "It sums up the last month or two! We've been better on the ball over the last four or five games and were good in the first half. We know their strengths of getting it up to Benteke in the box and Zaha down the side. We never dealt with that well enough in the second half. First half we were excellent and our football deserved more. "The players are annoyed and frustrated because it was a game we should have won. "We looked at the midfield area. I felt Ginny and Dougie were doing OK and we flipped JJ to a No.
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. He had a couple of half chances. When we made the change to go 4-4-2 they scored the third."
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Smith confirmed that Matty Cash will miss the remainder of the season now with a hamstring injury while, on Wednesday, Tyrone Mings will return against Spurs. "Cashy will be out for the season," Smith said. "He's got a recurrence of a hamstring injury which is nowhere near as bad as the one he sustained before. Tyrone will return on Wednesday." The boss was asked about Mings' absence given the centre-back's leadership skills, and said: "Yeah, we missed that possibly in the second half. "Kortney (Hause) was excellent in the first half and won a lot of headers but he hasn't played a lot of football of late, such as the fact we haven't been able to arrange friendlies due to the pandemic. "He was always going to tire. Kortney's a very good player. He's proved that time and time again."
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