Aston Villa 0 Brentford 0

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Johnstone has been a good signing.

When Brentford came to Villa Park last season I was impressed so much that I stated that they were the best side to visit B6 during that Championship campaign.

I will show my ignorance a little by saying the ‘ginger player’ who played for them on that day impressed me how he dictated the player. That ginger player returned yesterday and I made the very little effort of finding out who it was, Ryan Woods. Once again, he dictated the play.

Plenty of Villa supporters could see this but the Villa team and management couldn’t. Do they not do their home work on the opposition anymore?

Dean Smith’s Brentford side have never won at Villa Park but yesterdays draw is their fourth draw in six and they will probably be a little disappointed to not come away from the game with more.

Another lackluster performance from the home side makes it hard to even consider them as outsiders for a promotion push this season.

The only Aston Villa player who can walk away from that game with his head held high is Sam Johnstone. If anyone looked like scoring yesterday it was Brentford but the on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper had other ideas.

Once again it was a sloppy defensive performance by Steve Bruce’s side and Brentford forward Neal Maupay come close on two occasions only to fluff his chances.

Substitute Josh Clarke come close when he found himself clear down the right only to be denied by Johnstone.

Snodgrass made his debut from the bench.The introduction of Robert Snodgrass, Gabriel Agbonlahor, and Scott Hogan didn’t change anything as Villa continued to look poor.

Johnstone once again came to Bruce’s rescue when he spread himself wide to push away a powerful effort from Clarke.

The Managers

Steve Bruce: “I can readily understand the frustration of the fans as this was arguably the worst we have been since I’ve been here at Villa in the last nine months.

Are Bruce's days numbered?We didn’t have any spark, we didn’t do enough with or without the ball. We looked jaded and I take responsibility for that. I should have known better after having 90% of the team away on international duty.”

Dean Smith: “It was a good point but we should have collected three points.

We controlled the football and in the second half created three big chances. Unfortunately, Sam Johnstone, who I had (on loan) at Walsall, kept us at bay.”

Verdict

Another poor lackluster performance from Aston Villa with Steve Bruce at the reign. I said at the start of the season that there is no room for excuses and yet the manager keeps coming up with them. It isn’t good enough and his days as Villa boss may be numbered with the vultures already circling.

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