Dean Smith is furious at the referee’s ‘bad decision’ to send off Ezri Konsa during West Ham’s beating
Dean Smith is furious at the referee’s’ bad decision ‘to send Ezri Konsa off during West Ham’s beating … as Aston Villa boss empathizes with fans” anxiety ‘after fourth straight loss
- Aston Villa fell to a 4-1 win against dominant West Ham on Sunday night
- The villains ousted Ezri Konsa when they fell in their fourth loss in a row.
- Konsa fouled Jarrod Bowen as he ran to the box, and was the last man
- Dean Smith disagreed and insisted his players still ‘believe’ in his process
Dean Smith raged at referee Chris Kavanagh after his Aston Villa team fell to a fourth straight loss that leaves the coach under the microscope.
Villa had Ezri Konsa sent off and was beaten 4-1 at home by West Ham, after Smith took a chance by dropping captain Tyrone Mings to the bench.
They are now just three points above the relegation zone after spending £ 300 million since promotion, although they lost captain Jack Grealish to Manchester City by £ 100 million over the summer.
Ezri Konsa saw red in the second half as West Ham dominated Aston Villa in a 4-1 win
Dean Smith watched in horror as his team failed to stop their losing streak in the Premier League.
Friday’s game at Southampton, which is one point and one place above Villa, is starting to look important to Smith, who has been in the position for three years.
Smith was furious that Konsa received the red card, following a VAR review, for a foul on Jarrod Bowen early in the second half. Then he got even angrier when West Ham broke away to score his third when Marvelous Nakamba was off the court following a foul, leaving just eight outfield players in the game.
“I don’t think Konsa’s was a red card, so I don’t know what process we’re going through for the VAR,” Smith said. The referee said Bowen’s touch led him towards the goal and it clearly did not. That is a bad decision for me.
“What worries me is to change the performances and get results. I’m sure we can turn it around with the template we have. There will always be anxiety among the fans after four defeats but we have a squad capable of doing better.
Jarrod Bowen had burst in and was going toe-to-toe with the goalkeeper when Konsa fouled.
The referee checked the monitor before changing Konsa’s card from yellow to red again.
After the red card, West Ham came undone and finally invaded Villa in the final 10 minutes.
‘There are reasons why we have had the results that we have had, such as injuries. The perception outside the club is different than it is in our training ground. The players believe in what we are doing and we will turn this around and improve.
“I was not happy with our start and it’s frustrating when things go against you, and the downside is the score and the goals. But parts of our work pleased me. It was a response to our 3-1 loss at Arsenal. “
Mings was introduced early in the second half after Konsa was sent off, when Smith took off the signing of Emiliano Buendia. Buendía appeared bitterly disappointed to be replaced and headed down the tunnel after a brief exchange with Smith and his staff.
But the decision to leave out Mings, an England international, certainly attracted attention, especially given the central defender’s leadership qualities.
“He took it as a pro as I expected,” Smith said. ‘It’s a great decision every time you choose a team. We went for a back four and West Ham is powerful on set pieces, and Kortney Hause is good at defending them. Tyrone hasn’t been playing at the top of his game. They are football decisions. ‘