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Aston Villa sent ‘ruthless’ transfer message after Man City defeat

Aston Villa fans have been reacting to Wednesday night’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League.

Villa stormed into the lead after 20 seconds when John McGinn turned home from Ollie Watkins’ cross.

Tyrone Mings had turned City defender John Stones with a fine pass from a free-kick and Watkins found McGinn, who finished coolly.

However City quickly turned the game on its head, Phil Foden and Rodri putting Pep Guardiola’s side ahead five minutes before half-time.

An action-packed first half saw John Stones sent off for a foul on Jacob Ramsey, with video assistant referee confirming that the former Everton man should be given a red card.

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Villa were unable to find a way back into the game and their task was made harder when Matty Cash was sent off three minutes before the hour mark.

The result means Dean Smith ‘s side have now won just once in seven games and, since Jack Grealish was ruled out of the 2-1 defeat to Leicester City on February 12, Villa have been victorious only twice.

Villa were challenging for a place in European competition next season but they have fallen away as a result of their poor form.

Another summer of spending is coming up in order to beef up Smith’s squad so they can mount another challenge on English football’s established names.

“Our first summer buy has to be a raw winger with some belting pace,” one fan said.

“Bertrand Traore is poor more than he is good,” added another. “We need better options in the summer.”

A third supporter added: “I know people go on about the wide positions but we need a serious upgrade in midfield in the summer.”

“A serious overhaul in central midfield and out wide is needed this summer if we are to kick on,” another said. “It is time to be ruthless.”

A fifth fan added: “This summer is critical. We need to be signing players who will be starting in the first team, not squad players.”



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