By Dominic Toner

Conor Hourihane claims that Aston Villa must take positives from the defeat against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Steve Bruce’s side suffered a 2-1 loss at the City Ground and lost further ground on the play-off places.

Jonathan Kodjia had given the away side the lead in the first-half, but Britt Assombalonga equalised after goalkeeper Sam Johnstone spilled a shot.

The turning point in the game came when Jack Grealish was sent off for s second booking and teenager Ben Brereton scored a dramatic late winner in the 93rd minute.

Villa’s January signing Hourihane feels his new side must move forward positively and will hope to do so against Ipswich in their next game.

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“What a kick in the teeth. Support was top class, gutted we couldn’t take something from the game for you. Have to take positives from it,” Hourihane wrote on his personal Twitter account.

Villa are keen to make a late dash for the play-off places, but are now 13 points adrift of sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday.

The Midlands giants recruited eight new faces during the January window as they looked to strengthen their squad.

Sam Johnstone, Henri Lansbury, Birkir Bjarnason, James Bree, Jacob Bedeau, Neil Taylor, Scott Hogan and Hourihane moved to the club.

Bruce will believe that he has a squad good enough to compete at the top-end of the Championship, but they will need a dramatic turn around in results.

In other Aston Villa news, Ian Taylor slammed this player after the Forest loss.

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