Aston Villa favorite grabs Dean Smith after Wolves comments


Mark Bosnich does not accept the idea that Aston Villa has been hit hard by the match schedule since the restart of the Premier League season – but the former goalkeeper believes his former club will remain in the elite. Villa played their fourth game in 11 days after being beaten at home by the Wolves on Saturday; the result follows draws with Sheffield United and Newcastle, and a defeat at Chelsea sandwiched in between.

Dean Smith described his frustrations with the busy schedule after the Wolves loss, but Bosnich thinks the Villa manager was wrong to do so – as that could provide players with an excuse as to why they are where they are in ranking.

Villa was warned in advance of what the schedule would look like once it became clear that the league was going to resume, for Bosnich’s reasons, and they simply had to work their way through.

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The Aussie however sees the Lions succeed in their fight for survival.

“I’m still optimistic, especially about one of my old clubs that I really like,” he told Sky Sports News. “I still think they’re going to stay standing, but it’s going to go all the way.

“I can understand where Dean Smith comes from, but if I were asked for advice, I would warn against public publication and the search for an apology.

“We all knew what it was going to be like once it was decided to continue the season.

“There was going to be match after match after match and you don’t want to publicly publish things like that in my opinion because your team can read it and subconsciously start to think you have an excuse.”

“They know exactly what to do. I think they need a minimum of 10 more points to make sure they stay standing and that it will always be very, very close.

“They have to put what happened behind them and go ahead and really start digging, in terms of trying to get points from these games. “

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy echoed Bosnich’s feelings.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the specialist does not believe that the boss of the Villa is able to complain about the schedule because of the money spent by the club for signatures and the freedom that there should be, for therefore, to rotate the team and keep players cool.

“He knew it was going to happen, the extra game was not ideal for him because they were behind a game – the Sheffield United game,” said Murphy on White and Sawyer.

Read Murphy’s full verdict here.


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