Date Posted: Friday 27 September 2019 3:56
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith insists the team's position in the Premier League is not a fair reflection of their performances this season.
Villa, promoted in the May playoffs after a three-year absence, enters Saturday's home game against Burnley in third at the bottom of the table.
Smith's team have won just one of their six league games since beating Derby at Wembley in May, but the former Brentford coach said he was pleased with how his players had adapted.
"It's very tough because I look at the eight games we have played this season and I think only Tottenham was better than us," Smith said on the club's official website.
"In all the games we have played so far we have been very competitive, some mistakes have disappointed us against Bournemouth and at Villa Park we have been good.
“We played well against Bournemouth beyond mistakes, we played well against Everton and we played well against West Ham.
"But on the road we don't have the points we deserve. Sometimes it depends on us and other things beyond our control."
Villa, undone by two goals after a 3-2 defeat at Arsenal last week, face Burnley, Norwich (away) and Brighton (home) in the next three games, but Smith said he did not point them out as games they should win.
"We don't isolate games like that. We're just focusing on Burnley," he added.
"All the games we played believed we could win and I think we saw that we would probably have won more than we won.
"We really believe in what we are doing and Burnley is our next game. Our 100% concentration is on that game."
Villa will still be without Henri Lansbury (ankle), James Chester (hamstrings) and Jonathan Kodjia over the weekend.
Smith revealed that striker Kodjia, who fractured his cheek by accidentally colliding with team-mate Marvelous Nakamba during training earlier this month, had a mask fitted on Wednesday and could return to contention next weekend.