By Tom Blackburn
Roberto Di Matteo says he wishes Pierluigi Gollini had made a better decision after the young goalkeeper gifted Sheffield Wednesday a 1-0 win against Aston Villa on Sunday.
Fernando Forestieri capitalised on an awful Pierluigi Gollini clearance that failed to make the halfway line and ran through in the 86th minute before firing past the new Villa goalkeeper.
Talking after the match, via the Birmingham Mail, Di Matteo said Gollini should have kept it simple and that the defeat was harsh.
“He tried to play a long ball and when youhave 10 minutes to go away from home youd like to just see it out and get a point,” said the Villa boss.
“I think the defeat was harsh. They were a little more dominant in the first half. We cam out strong in the second half and created some great chances. its the small details that decide the game.”
Gollini signed for £4.25 million on a four-year contract from Serie A side Hellos Verona, who suffered their own relegation last season.
The Italian featured as the No1 keeper during pre-season and received the nod ahead of Mark Bunn and Jed Steer.
The loss will disappoint Villa who are hoping to return to the Premier League this season, but they struggled to create chances, and that will be a concern to manager Roberto Di Matteo, who recently spent £12million on new striker Ross McCormack.
The former Fulham man had his best chance in the 76th minute when Rudy Gestede knocked the ball down to him in the box – but he was unable to pull the trigger before the Wednesday defence smothered him.
In other Aston Villa news, they are working on the final details of a midfielder transfer after Saturday talks.