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‘Strange’: Some Aston Villa fans baffled as to why Dean Smith didn’t use £30k-a-week ace last night

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‘Strange’: Some Aston Villa fans baffled as to why Dean Smith didn’t use £30k-a-week ace last night

A number of Aston Villa fans have been wondering why Dean Smith didn’t send Conor Hourihane on in last night’s Premier League defeat to Leeds.

The 29-year-old has made two league appearances for Villa this season, but remained on the bench for the following three top-flight games including last night.

Smith opted to stick with the same side that made it four wins from four against Leicester last time out, lining up in a 4-2-3-1.

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However, Villa were completely overrun as Leeds pressed hard, chased down every ball, countered superbly and often attacked down the flanks, where the hosts were weak.

One fan felt Hourihane would’ve given one of John McGinn and Ross Barkley a rest, while another would’ve liked to see the £30,000-a-week man come on as part of a change to a midfield three.

Here is what some Villa supporters were saying on social media:

 

After a goalless first half in the Midlands, Patrick Bamford slotted home on the rebound in the 55th minute following Rodrigo’s saved effort.

The Leeds man then smashed in a left-footed strike from the edge of the box on 67 minutes before curling home a deft effort inside the box seven minutes later.

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