Dean Smith details Romelu Lukaku’s conversation as he praises the Aston Villa exhibit in Chelsea – .

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Dean Smith details Romelu Lukaku’s conversation as he praises the Aston Villa exhibit in Chelsea – .


Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith has explained how he implored Chelsea match winner Romelu Lukaku to take a week off as the Belgian made his side pay off with his well-taken brace.
Lukaku, 28, opened the scoring against a brave and upbeat Villa side before concluding with the home side’s third in stoppage time.

Afterward, the forward had a conversation with the boss of Villa Smith, who said: “He was clinical. I just said you couldn’t have kept that thigh injury a little longer but unfortunately he said no and he said he wanted to play. “

Villa recorded an impressive 18 shots on Chelsea’s goal compared to their 12 while they had six on target – two more than Thomas Tuchel’s side.

However, Lukaku capitalized after Mateo Kovacic opened Villa before the Croatian made two as he jumped on a Tyrone Mings mistake after the break before Lukaku came home to bring the score to 3- 0.

Of his team’s performance, Smith said: “Until the second goal I was really happy with the performance and we asked a very good team a lot of questions. We were the best team in the first half.

“Some of our football was great, but the second goal killed the game. It was unfair in the end. This second goal was the killer.

“I am frustrated with the score. I felt three goals were unfair. I think with the team we have at my disposal, we no longer need to have a deep block and seek to counterattack like we did the first time promoted. Now we can go and ask questions. The second goal just took our breath away as Ollie Watkins wondered how he never scored. ”

Smith added, “We had a game plan for this game and every game will be different. We wanted to put the pressure on and win the ball in their half and we created a good chance to do so. Our middle halves were in the forefoot but we’re done.

“We wanted to lead the fight at Chelsea and, if we had taken our moments, it could have been a different story. “

The manager was asked about referee Stuart Attwell’s display as Villa saw four players carded at Chelsea’s.

“You have to be consistent with your decisions,” he said. “I have no problem with him reserving Ramsey or Tyrone Mings, but he has to be consistent if Chelsea are also committing these faults. For me, there were just too many inconsistencies. “

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