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Fans angry at Smith’s use of subs as Villa lose at Spurs

Aston Villa suffered their third defeat of the season at mid-table Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs took the first half lead through Pierre Hojbjerg and trailed at the break at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Ollie Watkins then pulled Dean Smith’s men level on 67 minutes, set up by Matt Targett, but the defender inadvertently put the ball in the back of his own net just four minutes later to restore the home side’s lead, and give Villa a tough task to get anything from the game with time running out.

The defeat sees Villa drop two places in the Premier League to tenth place with ten points from their first seven games, while Spurs leap-frogged them into eighth spot.

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Here’s what Villa fans have been saying about the disappointing away day in London.

Kieran AVFC: Sell McGinn to a question of sport.

Matt Mallin: Why are we so inconsistent? Tottenham are awful and we play like that. Practically giving them the game. This is why our success is going to be limited. We are better than Spurs much better and we perform like that. The players have a lot to answer for today.

Tom Morgan: Not a good performance but that’s it, no need for you all to go after players who you loved last week or slag everyone to the ground. Sometimes it happens lads. We go again after the break.

Gagandeep: Villa were poor. Jacob Ramsey is not good enough at this level. Not vs spurs etc. DM makes late subs and Villa are defensively rubbish. DM will use Villa’s fluke vs a not bothered United to paint the cracks. Villa will be consistent all season.

Craigy1874: We are such a mid table team. Win a few. Lose a few and repeat.

Jacob Haallam: So many of them poor today. Ramsey should’ve been pulled off at half time literally looked lost the whole game.

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Henry Trembath: Seriously poor game management. McGinn and Ramsey should have both been off at half. What is the point of having all this quality on the bench if we don’t utilze it? And we all know Smith is going to blame the refereeing when the reality is we played like shite.

Kevin AVFC: McGinn and Ramsey were very poor today, which seems obvious to many. The question being why keep them both on for so long. Took until the 80+ minutes to change to a back 4. Poor decision making today.

HarryUTV: Can we hire someone who makes the subs. Let Dean smith have zero impact on them because he clearly doesn’t have a clue. Left it way too late to make the subs, like he always does.

MurrayMckee: Meh. Much like last season, we’re a mid table team again.

Comboed: Horrible performance. Good to get a break. Played really s***.

Fans angry at Smith's use of subs as Villa lose at Spurs
Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur is tackled by Ezri Konsa of Aston Villa

Connor: Can you please explain to Smith that he can use substitutions earlier.

Tom Creaney: Awful performance and a wake up call for Wolves… Ramsey should not start again and Smith needs to make changes earlier, he is too late every game. Hause looked like he was running with lead boots on… wake up Villa, today was nowhere near good enough.

TonyE: Ah well, bad at the office and all that. Just wished Dean would be brave and change things up rather than just repeating whatever worked last week, 532 vs Nunos Spurs was an odd one.

Villafan76: We beat united away, spurs got thrashed by arsenal and yet they’re the ones that look more motivated.

Josh Jannetts: I’ve seen us play worse. But pretty unconvincing. Besides the goal I don’t think Ollie has actually done anything. Ok he got the goal and credit to him but he’s been just as poor as the rest of us.

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