Aston Villa fans rave over Dean Smith’s rousing speech after Carabao Cup loss

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith knows there is no room to dwell on Sunday’s 2-1 defeat.

Manchester City lifted their third Carabao Cup trophy in a row with a narrow victory at Wembley after Sergio Aguero and Rodrigo found the net in the first half.

Despite a spirited fight back, Mbwana Samatta’s goal was in vain as Villa fans begun their trips back to Birmingham empty handed.

Despite the result being difficult to take, supporters were feeling confident in their team’s ability to avoid relegation to the Championship, with Smith’s rousing speech sending a defiant message.

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The former Brentford boss was spotted issuing a rallying call to his losing finalists in a huddle on the pitch after full time, with attentions now turning to a run of good form in the league.

One fan said: “So proud of the lads just wasnt meant to be, play like that we will stay up.”

Another added: “Keep this level of fight in the league and we'll stay up. The amount of improvement compared to the January match is massive. Proud of the lads.”

A third added: “This makes me ridiculously happy.”

A fourth said: “Proud with how played! Play with this fight in the league and we can stay up!”

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said after the result: "City deserved it overall, they were the better team, we expected that.

"But Smith's men can be proud playing against one of the world's great sides and they will be disappointed tonight."

Smith himself admitted that his side had too much to do after Guardiola’s side took the lead so early on, but remains proud of the effort his team put in.

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He said: “It’s a mountain to climb when Man City go up but you have to be patient and disciplined.

“I told the lads I am proud of them. We went toe-to-toe.

“We were playing against a top team and we had to defend well. There was never any sense of a backward step and this pleased me more than anything.

“The performance level is what it should be and we got a reaction from the players. The concentration goes to the Premier League and if we play like that we will get out of it.”

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