S
SEARCH
M
SW
Collect News Data
Jul 5, 2020 at 4.30pm UK
LiverpoolLiverpool
2-0
Aston VillaAston Villa
Mane (71'), Jones (89')
Robertson (20')
FT(HT: 0-0)

McGinn (36')
/esi/1339/6_G_1_110246/index.html?art_id=405129&game_id=110246&sport_id=1&ESI

Dean Smith looking to relegation rivals for inspiration ahead of Liverpool trip

:Headline: Dean Smith looking to relegation rivals for inspiration ahead of Liverpool trip:
Villa are yet to win since returning from the break and go to Liverpool on Sunday.

Dean Smith insists Aston Villa can take inspiration from their drop rivals ahead of the daunting trip to champions Liverpool on Sunday.

Villa go to Anfield stuck in the relegation zone having failed to win since January and picking up just two points since returning from lockdown.

Runaway Premier League winners Liverpool have won every top-flight match at home this season and clinched their first title in 30 years last week.

Villa's relegation rivals Brighton and West Ham have stunned Arsenal and Chelsea late on in crucial wins after the restart and Smith believes it shows his side what is possible.

"You saw Brighton win in the last minute against Arsenal and West Ham win in the last minute against Chelsea," he said.

"It didn't escape me that West Ham's stats were pretty similar to ours against Chelsea but they managed to stick the ball in the net a couple of times.

"We can take great heart from that, knowing you can go and beat these big teams.

"I think it's a good time (to play Liverpool) when they've won the league, certainly. Probably having no fans in the stadium will help as well, I think people are starting to get used to that, but they're an exceptional team.

"To have won the league with as many points clear of a team as good Man City shows what an exceptional season they've had."

Smith criticised the schedule after Villa's 1-0 defeat to Wolves last weekend, their fourth game after the top-flight restarted last month.

But after a week without a game the boss hopes a break has refreshed his men.

He said: "It's allowed us to recover, that was the biggest thing. There was a lot made out that I was making excuses about the schedule.

"But the fact we went into that period having played one game less than every else and 11 days later we had played one game more than everyone else.

"If Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp had come out with the same thing, everybody would have sat up and took notice.

"It was not an excuse, it was a reason for the spectacle against Wolves. That was the frustration, that the spectacle wasn't great."

body check tags ::

amp_article_405129 : Collect and Make Data not in DataBase  : 
last updated article - 2020-07-04 12:09:28:
html db last update - 2020-08-03 12:55:05 :

ex - 7200 : read : write cache and make html

Click here for more stories about Dean Smith

Click here for more stories about Liverpool

Share this article now:
Show comments

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Read more about Dean Smith Football
Recommended Next on SM
SM Football Shorts: Premier League predictions for gameweek 33
Dortmund chief plays down Sancho, Man Utd talk
Alexis Sanchez completes permanent move to Inter Milan
Liverpool transfer news: White emerges as a target, Lewis price tag set, competition for Sarr
Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool38323385335299
2Manchester CityMan City382639102356781
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd381812866363066
4Chelsea382061269541566
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Arsenal381414105648856
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd381412123939054
10Burnley38159144350-754
11Southampton38157165160-952
12Everton381310154456-1249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RWatford38810203664-2834
RNorwich CityNorwich3856272675-4921
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool38323385335299
2Manchester CityMan City382639102356781
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd381812866363066
4Chelsea382061269541566
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Arsenal381414105648856
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd381412123939054
10Burnley38159144350-754
11Southampton38157165160-952
12Everton381310154456-1249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa3898214167-2635
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RWatford38810203664-2834
RNorwich CityNorwich3856272675-4921
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
X

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.