Xia delivers verdict on Aston Villa opener v Hull, highlights issues with team
By Abigail Withey
Aston Villa chairman Tony Xia has voiced his views on the club’s 1-1 draw during their Championship opener against Hull City on Saturday.
Steve Bruce’s side secured an early goal during the clash courtesy of Gabriel Agbonlahor, but the squad’s efforts were not enough to keep newly relegated Hull from equalising in the second half.
The hosts created a number of opportunities in the first half but the Villa owner has claimed he is not happy with the team’s performance.
Xia wrote on his official Twitter account that there were a number of issues that bothered him during the match, but stated that fans and players should remain positive for a successful season.
Still bothered about the game,not just result but some issues thought we'd solve though still positive&confident we can make the season.#UTV
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 6, 2017
New signing and appointment captain John Terry led the side out at Villa Park to their one all draw.
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The 36-year-old, who moved to Villa after leaving Chelsea, played the full 90 minutes for the Championship outfit.
Terry, capped 78 times by his country, looked confident in his new jersey and Xia should not have to worry about any leadership or experience issues in the squad’s backline, despite failing to keep a clean sheet .
Owner Xia will now be hoping that Bruce deals with the issues within the squad before Aston Villa head off to Colchester to face the Essex side in the League Cup on Wednesday.
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