Aston Villa manager Dean Smith exclaims

Alan Hutton insists Matty Cash can “hold his head high” despite Aston Villa losing 3-0 to Leeds United.

The former Villa and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the 23-year-old did “excellently well” against the Whites, especially in the opening 45 minutes.

A Patrick Bamford hat-trick sealed a 3-0 win for Marcelo Bielsa’s men and condemned the Villans to their first Premier League defeat of the new campaign.

Cash, a summer signing from Nottingham Forest, has established himself as Dean Smith’s first-choice right-back since his move to the top-flight.

Hutton, who was a fan favourite on the right-hand side of the defence during his time at Villa, insists that Cash had a fine game in a claim what may be disputed by Leeds fans who have savaged him on social media for struggling to cope with their dynamic attack.

“I think he can definitely hold his head high, he had a good game, especially the first half,” Hutton told Football Insider.

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“I said it when I was watching the game, I thought he did excellent, especially in the first half. He stood up to a strong opponent and he had an answer for him.

“Every time in the first half he was always there with a tackle or an interception, he played really well. There were situations in the match that could have changed it but overall, Leeds deserved the win.”

Cash has played all but 10 minutes of the Villans’ Premier League campaign so far.

He has the likes of Ahmed Elmohamady and Frederic Guilbert as competition for a starting berth at right-back.

In other Aston Villa news, Hutton claims 26-year-old should be “scared” of axe after Leeds display.