By Adam Shergold for MailOnline
Published: 19:51 GMT, 1 March 2020 | Updated: 19:51 GMT, 1 March 2020
Dean Smith believes Aston Villa will escape their relegation fight if they replicate the battling performance they produced in losing to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.
Villa looked like they’d be thrashed after first-half goals by Sergio Aguero and Rodri put City in firm control. But they replied through Mbwana Samatta on the stroke of half-time and gave City some hairy moments late on.
Saturday’s Premier League results pushed Villa into the relegation zone, two points from safety with a game in hand, but Smith is confident they will harness the positives and push on.
Dean Smith says Aston Villa will avoid the drop if they repeat their Carabao Cup final showing
Mbwana Samatta netted for Villa in the defeat to Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday
‘The performance level was the standard we have to be,’ said the Villa manager. ‘We were written off after our performance last week at Southampton [a 2-0 defeat]