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17th Aug, 2016 | 6:54am

Sky pundit slams Aston Villa keeper for Huddesfield howler

By Alex Taylor

Sky Sports pundit Tony Cottee has criticised Pierluigi Gollini after his error cost Aston Villa three points against Huddersfield on Tuesday evening.

The Villains went ahead in the game through an early Ross McCormack strike and were just minutes away from victory when Huddersfield struck back to end Villa’s hopes of a second consecutive win.

Michael Hefele chased down a long ball forward and as Villa goalkeeper Gollini came out to clear, he smashed the ball against Hefele and watched on as the ball bounced into his empty net to level the score.

“Hefele came on as a sub and just chased a lost cause,” Cottee sold Sky Sports News. “It goes over his head and he chases it, it is poor from the keeper but Hefele deserves great credit, what an extraordinary goal that is.”

The result leaves Roberto Di Matteo’s side in 11th place in the Championship after taking four points from their first three games in England’s second tier.

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The Birmingham outfit were relegated from the Premier League last season after finishing 20th, earning just 17 points from 38 matches.

Fans will be hoping that new owner Dr Tony Xia alongside Di Matteo can inspire the claret and blue side to rediscover Premiership form and lead a charge up the table this season.

In other Aston Villa team news, Villa left winger Adama Traore out of their match day squad for their Championship clash against Huddersfield, with many supporters questioning on Twitter whether he is injured again.