Birmingham news Every word Dean Smith said after Villa's defeat to Man United PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Aston Villa 1 Manchester United 3 - Here's the manager's transcript as he dissects all of the big talking points concerning United's penalty decision and Ollie Watkins's red card
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Dean Smith says he's at a total loss regarding penalty decisions in the Premier League and criticised referee Chris Kavanagh and his VAR officials. Villa were beaten 3-1 in the end with Bruno Fernandes scoring from the spot to cancel out Bertrand Traore's fantastic first-half strike. The Portuguese rolled home United's third successive penalty against Villa in as many games before Mason Greenwood and then Edinson Cavani both scored. Here's every word Smith said after Villa's defeat at Villa Park: It must be disappointing given the manner of the first half and the penalty which got them back into the game... "Yeah. I was pleased with the first half performance but disappointed with our mentality and reaction to that penalty and the goal. "They started the second half better than us and, for 20 minutes, that was the problem in terms of the result for ourselves. "The penalty, for me, is very, very soft. The red card for Ollie Watkins is very, very soft and the word I'd probably use is confused. "I'm confused because I don't know where we are any more with decisions like that." Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now We seen Raheem Sterling's yesterday and it wasn't given and that was with our so-called technology looking at it. Today's was (looked at) and we're all left scratching our heads. Maybe I need to coach my players like Keinan Davis at the end at 2-1, he goes through and maybe he should stick the brakes on and wait for a touch and go down to earn a penalty. I'm fed up talking about penalty decisions against Manchester United. We've had three dubious ones in our last three games against them. There's no doubt in your mind that it was dubious? "Listen, Douglas Luiz shouldn't have planted a foot or given him the opportunity to go down. Anybody who knows, is that enough to knock somebody off balance? No. We all know it's not and that's why it's soft." The sending off... A: was there contact and B: Watkins didn't appeal... "No, he never appealed for it. He touched the ball before the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper's came flying out and I've watched it five or six times slowed down and I can't tell whether there's contact or not. "I've asked Ollie and he said there was slight contact. Was there enough to make him go down? Probably not.
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. And is that what we have to do then to win a penalty given what's happened at the other end of the pitch? "That's the question for consistency at the moment." How much of a miss will Ollie be now because you'll lose him for the Everton game...
Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins (right) walks past manager Dean Smith after being sent off during the Premier League match against Manchester United at Villa Park.
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"And that's the pathetic rule about it because we can't even appeal a second yellow for Ollie Watkins. "There's no way on this earth that the referee can be certain he's been touched. I've seen it five or six times from different angles and I can't tell whether he's been touched or not. "We can't appeal it. Yes, he will be a loss because as he's shown before and showed today that he's the best pressing centre-forward in this league." I see you're fed up about penalty decisions against Manchester United and you mentioned it in your press conference on Friday... "Yeah, it was my fear. Ezri Konsa gets fouled by Fernandes and they give them a penalty last season. Paul Pogba trips himself up at Old Trafford and gets a penalty and they get another soft penalty today." Did this performance sum up the season today? A lot of progress but still a long way to go... "Yeah, we know we've got a way to go. As I've said many times, we've got the youngest average-age squad in the Premier League. There's a lot of players still learning. We've had a fantastic first half to the season and an inconsistent second.
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"It's also coincided with us losing our best player in Jack Grealish but I believe the players are getting better. You look at the likes of Ezri Konsa, Matt Cash, Emi Martinez. They are players the opposition managers are looking at with envy." Did Jack train as planned on Saturday? "Yes, Jack trained yesterday. He scored a hat-trick in the small-sided game as well so came off with a smile on his face." The referee Chris Kavanagh's from Manchester, does that matter? "Nah, listen, I'm not going to question any bias about anything in terms of the officials. I just think there's a lack of clarity and total confusion with penalty decisions at the moment."
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