Villa boss Smith on Terry bust-up claims: ‘That is bull****’

Date published: Saturday 22nd February 2020 6:52 - Will Ford

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Aston Villa boss Dean Smith was very quick to rubbish rumours of a bust-up between himself and assistant manager, John Terry.

Social media was awash with rumours after the 2-0 defeat to Southampton that Smith and Terry had to be pulled apart after a confrontation in the tunnel.

And after the game Smith was quick to deny the speculation, reportedly saying: “That is bullshit.”

The origin of the source was said to be a local radio reporter, who has since denied making the comment.

But the Villa boss was more open on the performance of his team, claiming they lacked “fight” against Southampton.

He told Match of the Day: “We never laid a glove on them in the first 20 minutes. I try to defend the players but today was not good enough. They were miles off it in the first half. A bit better in the second half. It was a game that could have been won but we didn’t create enough and didn’t defend enough. They were deserved winners.

“Jack Grealish got in behind them right from kick off and then they went long. They were getting shots and we were getting blocks. We can’t keep talking about getting good starts. Not starting well is a concern.

“We can’t play that bad again. It gave me a lot of heart seeing them against Tottenham but today was dreadful.

“The fight disappointed me in the first half. There was a bit more fight in the second half. I will take responsibility for the performance because I am the one who picks them.”


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