Smith searching for Villa improvement

Aston Villa
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith admits he is very happy with his transfer business so far but more can still be done.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says he's far from satisfied with the start his side have made to the season upon their return to the Premier League.

Villa won the Championship play-off final against Derby in May to seal their return to the top flight after three seasons in the tier below.

Plenty of people are tipping Smith’s side to be among the relegation candidates this term and, after four games, they are in the bottom three with just three points on the board. All those points came in the 2-0 win over Everton, as defeats to Tottenham, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace have ensured it’s been a difficult start.

Smith says he was expecting things to be tough for his side as they get used to being back amongst the elite but he has also been disappointed by aspects of their performances so far.

The Villa boss wants his side to be more dominant at times in games and believes the midlanders will get better as the season progresses.

He told AVTV: “We all knew it was a step up, we all knew the quality of the teams would be a big step up. That’s not been the biggest problem, I feel we haven’t had, as a collective, sustained periods of pressure which we were used to last season. We will gradually build that up. That’s what we’re aiming for now, that consistency of performance.”

The one win over Everton came on home soil, while the defeat against Bournemouth was also at Villa Park and Smith has thanked the fans for their backing as he knows picking up points at home will be vital in their attempt to stay up.

He added: “The home games have been unbelievable, the support we’ve received. We’ve always said they’ll be important for us.”

Villa resume their league action after the international break on Monday when they host seventh-placed West Ham, who have begun the campaign well with seven points from four games.