Aston Villa fans unleash fury as pressure mounts on Dean Smith after West Ham rout – Birmingham Live

Dean Smith is under huge pressure as Aston Villa manager after his side were thrashed 4-1 by West Ham this afternoon.

In what was a dismal afternoon at B6, Villa fell behind early on when Ben Johnson cut inside Matt Targett to rifle past Emi Martinez.

Jacob Ramsey then needed replacing due to injury before Ollie Watkins levelled matters from Emi Buendia’s cross.

But Declan Rice restored the visitors’ lead before the break and Villa’s woes were compounded when Ezri Konsa saw red for a professional foul on Jarrod Bowen.

West Ham then ran riot as Pablo Fornals added a third for the Hammers before Bowen wrapped up the win with six minutes remaining.

After being beaten 3-1 by Arsenal last weekend, Smith was in desperate need of a response but Villa fans raged over the performance as the Hammers’ excellent start to the season continued.

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Dan: “I’ve been on the fence with Smith for a while but this is awful. We look like strangers and he seems to be bang out of ideas.”

David Moore: “Performances fluctuate, but there is no fight, no togetherness in this team. To capitulate at home like this shows there are problems behind the scenes.”

Sami Gui: “It’s laughable how bad we are… tactically inept. These players look lost.”

Keefy: “Just gets better. We’re nailed on relegation at this rate.”

Jim: “Sure Smith will bang about the ref but at the end of the day even with 11 men we were 2nd best.”

Graham Eden: “Despite the money spent we are not good enough.”

Sean Logue: “6 possibly 7 bad-awful performances from 10 league games this season. Not good enough. Signed players with no idea what to do with them. Something needs to change quickly, it will be the manager by December if it doesn’t.”

Rad Nauseum: “The kind of day where everything is against you that you’re just bound to have when in a bad run to begin with. At least Mings will be starting again against Southampton. Can’t wait to see this team turn this around.”

Steven Andrews: “Hard playing against a good team like WHU, not to mention the Ref and the VAR lads. Hard game to watch.”

Stewart Tyrer: “Can someone give us a decent reason why this is all on Smith? He’s playing players that fans are asking for, making changes their asking for, players that have performed very well in the past. I’m telling you now we get rid of Smith that’s the end of us.”

Clare Field: “Not our day, but showed some grit after the red card. We turn this around on Friday.”

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