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Lame Aston Villa just weren’t up for it, blasts Dean Smith

Derby delight: Neves fires Wolves ahead at Molineu PICTURE: GETTY

Wolves 2-1 Aston Villa

ASTON Villa boss Dean Smith accused his side of lacking desire after their derby defeat at Wolves.

Injury-hit Villa lost 2-1 at Molineux to slip to a third straight Premier League loss.

Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez scored as Wolves dominated, despite Trezeguet’s injury-time strike.

Villa now sit three points above the relegation zone and Smith said: ‘It appeared the game was bigger for them than us. The best thing was it was only 1-0 at half time.

‘It’s not really for you to print (what he said at half-time). You have to go and compete, it doesn’t matter what game you’re playing.

‘We didn’t cope with the pressure we were put under. They were right up for it from the start and we didn’t have enough intensity in our play.

‘That’s something we’ll talk about. It won’t take an awful lot to be better.’

Skipper Jack Grealish was missing with a calf problem, Bjorn Engels was out with a hip issue while goalkeeper Tom Heaton missed out with his own calf injury.

Replacement Jed Steer lasted just eight minutes, limping off with an Achilles problem, while Matt Targett came off with blurred vision.

‘It (the disruption) doesn’t affect your desire to win a header, a tackle and a second ball,’ Smith insisted.

Wolves are now unbeaten in their last seven top-flight outings and are just one point adrift of the top five.

Boss Nuno Espirito Santo said: ‘We always compete, this is very tough to do and it makes me very proud.

‘We played very well, we dominated, especially the first half. I’m happy with the performance and atmosphere.’

INJURED Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton has been replaced in the England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo by Sheffield United’s Dean Henderson. Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley is ruled out with an ankle problem but will not be replaced.