Dean Smith hails Aston Villa 'spirit and character' after dramatic comeback

Jose Verdugo
Febrero 9, 2019

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith hailed his side's fighting spirit as they recovered from three goals down to salvage a 3-3 draw against Sheffield United at Villa Park.

Billy Sharp looked likely to be the hero as he brought up 100 goals for United before completing his hat-trick by nodding in Kieran Dowell's deflected 62nd-minute cross.

Smith was left with mixed emotions after the incredible turnaround, saying: "We gave them a head start". But I made a couple of changes.

"We maintained the comeback with Tammy Abraham scoring a second before Green came up for his equaliser". Mings scored his goal and then you could feel something had changed in the game.

"We still have a lot to work on but it shows there is an bad lot of spirit and character in the dressing room".

"But I can't say I've never known a game like it because there was the Nottingham Forest one!"

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Villa are unbeaten in their last three matches in the Sky Bet Championship after collecting five points from an available nine but they are still four points shy of the play-off places.

The former Sheffield Wednesday defender, whose Villa side remain eighth, said: "Three goals in the last 13 minute was really dramatic but we still have a lot to work on because we can not start games like we started against Sheffield".

"It was hard to take playing in front of a 36,000 crowd".

"Villa didn't play very well but the reason was the performance of my team".

Sharp, who took his tally for the campaign to 22, said: "I can't quite believe it at the minute, 3-0 up with 10 minutes to go, we've got to do better, we've got to see the game out".

"We just paid the price for individual errors".

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