Aston Villa boss Dean Smith

Smith admits Aston Villa need to get back to winning ways after Hull draw

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has admitted his team needs to get back to winning ways after a 2-2 draw with Hull City on Saturday.

Villa have now won just one of their last five games in the league, and sit in 13th place, seven points adrift of the play-off places. Former Brentford boss, Smith is under no illusions about his team’s need start winning football matches.

‘I’m pleased that we came back, but we need to win football matches – especially here at Villa Park.’ Smith told Villa’s official website.

‘I thought we played well in the first 10 minutes and dominated the game in their half.

‘We then gave the ball away and dropped off quite a bit – also allowing them to break.

‘We’re disappointed with the nature of the goals. Lovre Kalinic should probably stop the first, and we’ve given the ball away cheaply again for the second.

‘We got punished for those mistakes.’

Smith was appointed as Steve Bruce’s successor in October and is tasked with engineering a play off push for Villa. His side battled back from 0-2 down to earn a point against form side Hull City on Saturday, but a lack of wins and consistency remains a concern at Villa Park as they remain bogged down in mid-table, with 39 points from 28 games.

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