Dean Smith backs Bjorn Engels to bounce back at Aston Villa

By Matt Maher | Aston Villa | Published:

Villa boss Dean Smith backed Bjorn Engels to bounce back after the defender’s error helped Tottenham snatch a last-gasp victory.

Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min (left) and Aston Villa's Bjorn Engels battle for the ball during

Engels missed his kick with just seconds remaining at Villa Park, allowing Son Heung-min to race through and snatch a 3-2 win for the visitors.

The Belgian centre-back, making his first start for nearly two months in place of Tyrone Mings, had earlier netted his first goal for the club to bring the match level at 2-2.

Son’s late winner saw Villa remain just a point above the Premier League relegation zone.

Smith said: “Bjorn’s OK. He’s very disappointed because of the mistake of trying to bring the ball down as opposed to getting rid of it. If he puts it straight back, it finishes 2-2. It’s a big error, but they happen in games. He’ll get over it, that’s for sure.”

England international Mings, who missed the match through tonsillitis, is expected back for Saturday’s trip to Southampton.

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher

Chief sports writer for the Express & Star.


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