By Tom Blackburn
Iain Dowie blamed Jordan Amavi’s lack of defensive nous for Aston Villa’s humiliating EFL Cup defeat to League Two Luton on Wednesday night.
Roberto Di Matteo’s side took a first-half lead through Jordan Ayew but then fell apart at the hands of their fourth tier opponents and exited the competition with a 3-1 loss.
Luton equalised before half-time due to what Dowie claimed was an error by French left-back, making his comeback following a long-term knee injury.
Formerly the manager of Crystal Palace, Charlton and QPR, Dowie gave his verdict on Wednesday night while working as a pundit for Sky Sports.
“Amavi goes to sleep, he gets it wrong, he’s ball watching,” he told SkySports News HQ’s Soccer Special, as cited by HITC.
“He is good going forward but not defensively. It’s his all day long if he stays with his runner.”
The goal in question was scored by Jake Gray before half-time and that was followed followed by a left-footed shot from Cameron McGeehan after the break that gave the underdogs the lead.
Centre-back Jores Okore scored an own goal to pile the misery on the Villa side and Di Matteo will need a drastic change in fortunes after suffering his second loss of the season.
Left-back Amavi is a popular figure among Villa supporters as a result of his fine performances at the start of the 2015-16 Premier League season, before a serious knee injury cut his season short last November.
He joined the club from Nice last summer for just shy of £10million, and played 13 times before his injury woes last term.
Villa one just two of those 13 games, once in their league opener against Bournemouth and the other against rivals Birmingham in the League Cup.
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