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Aston Villa were defeated 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon, but the game will be remembered for more than just the three points lost.
Summer signing Trezeguet was sent off well before the hour mark after picking up two yellow cards, and the game was thrown into turmoil late on when Villa had a controversial goal chalked off in stoppage time.
Substitute Henri Lansbury had stuck the ball into the net, but referee Kevin Friend blew the whistle as he believed Jack Grealish had dived in the build-up to the goal.
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The incident caused mass frustrations amongst the Villa squad and staff, as well as in the stands as police had to get involved in the away end.
But this controversial moment will only paper over the cracks in what was a poor game from Dean Smith’s men – even if they should have received a point.
Villa’s downfall was in attack, having registered just ten shots all game in comparison to Palace’s 22, per WhoScored. Club-record signing Wesley only managed two of those, which was the same as right-back Frederic Guilbert.
And that’s where the problem appears to be, or at least for this match alone.
The 22-year-old managed just five of his 27 touches inside the penalty area with the rest of them coming scattered all over the pitch, as WhoScored shows.
The majority of his positions in the match came closer to the centre circle rather than the opposition goal, which would suggest the striker had to go deep to even get involved in the game.
The 6 foot 3 colossus was also dispossessed twice – that’s no recipe for success when you desperately require a goal.
It is something that Smith may have to resolve going forward, not least so they don’t feel aggrieved by the man in the middle on a more frequent basis as that will only mask the issue at hand.