Ex-Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie believes his former side missed out during their home draw against West Ham on Monday night.
Dean Smith’s side picked up a point against the Hammers in a Premier League fixture in a goalless draw.
The Midlands club were unable to create too many clear opportunities against West Ham, with a Wesley Moraes header and a Jack Grealish attempted effort late on the closest they came.
It means they have four points from their opening five league games and sit just outside the relegation places at this early stage.
Hendrie feels that Villa made a mistake by not trying to be more offensive at home to West Ham, while questioning the decision of manager Dean Smith to bring on substitute attacker Keinan Davis so late.
West Ham lost Arthur Masuaku to a red card in the 67th minute for a second booking, but Davis didn’t enter the action until the 85th minute.
“That is a fantastic chance of getting three points this evening for Villa and I feel they missed a trick,” Hendrie told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.
“Whether he (Smith) should have brought Keinan Davis on that little bit earlier and maybe sacrificed a defensive midfielder. It looked like they ran out of ideas.”
Smith may have perhaps been wise to go for broke against West Ham following their red card, but Davis is still an inexperienced youngster learning his trade and there was enough quality on the pitch to press forward.
Villa were just lacking a cutting edge in the final third during the contest and there most creative players couldn’t quite hit top gear.
They need to find a way moving forward to ensure main centre-forward Wesley gets more chances in front of goal, while Jack Grealish must be desperate for his first league goal of the season.