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Aston Villa boss Smith rues ‘poor defending’ after dramatic Leeds defeat

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has rued his side’s ‘poor defending’ after they threw away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Championship leaders Leeds on Sunday.

Kemar Roofe’s late winner secured all three points for Marcelo Bielsa’s visitors, who had trailed 2-0 at half-time following early goals from Tammy Abraham and Conor Hourihane.

Substitute Jack Clarke pulled one back for Leeds early in the second half before Pontus Jansson’s header levelled the score from a corner kick allowing Roofe’s late goal to secure a memorable win.

It was Smith’s first home defeat as Villa manager, and the former Brentford boss was far from impressed with his side’s defending.

“It was poor defending for their goals. I think that has been a problem we’ve had for a while and it keeps rearing its ugly head. If I’m honest, I thought they were better than us today.’’ Smith told Sky Sports.

”I didn’t think we were good without the ball, we’ve been better, and I thought we dropped too deep and never really got our press going at all. But with the quality of players we’ve got going forward, we can score goals.

“That’s my first ever defeat at Villa Park and I don’t want it to happen too many times because it doesn’t feel very good, that’s for sure.

“I’m looking at the next game and to win three points and see where we are. We’re halfway through the season now and not in a position where we expect to be. We’ll try really hard to get some wins and get an unbeaten run going. I think Leeds shaded the game today but I don’t think we deserved to lose.”

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