By Amir Mir

Roberto Di Matteo has asked for supporters to give his players time to adapt as Aston Villa dropped points against Huddersfield on Tuesday evening.

Despite Ross McCormack giving Villa an early lead, the Midlands side conceded a late goal, with goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini at fault.

Di Matteo felt that his side deserved more, but asked supporters to give his players time to adapt as he tries to turn the fortunes around for the Championship club.

“We’re a work in progress,” Di Matteo told BBC Radio West Midlands, as quoted by the BBC Sport website. “The players that have come in need to understand how we want to play.”

“It’s going to take time but it’s a shame because I thought we deserved a bit more [against Huddersfield.”

Villa lost their first two games of the season with defeats at Sheffield Wednesday and then a humiliating loss in the EFL Cup to Luton Town.

But, the Italian picked up his first win as boss on Saturday against Rotherham, as his side came out as comfortable 3-0 winners.

Following their draw against the Terriers, Di Matteo urged his players to be more clinical and backed them to improve.

“There is a lot of improvement in the team in the weeks that we have worked together,” said Di Matteo.

“I think it’s games like this you need to be able to score a second goal to kill the game or be able to see it out and get the three points.”

Di Matteo will now prepare for his side to take on Derby County on Saturday night, as his side look to push up the Championship table.

In other Aston Villa team news, club owner Tony Xia has sent this message of advise to a bitter Villa player.