Darren Bent praised Aston Villa boss Dean Smith despite the loss to Liverpool on Saturday and claimed that the likes of Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder as well as Brighton’s Graham Potter were stealing his limelight.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Villans attacker gushed about the job Smith had done at Villa Park following the Villans’ 2-1 loss to Liverpool and stated that because Brighton, as well as Sheffield United, were doing so well, his work was going under-the-radar.

Smith’s side nearly inflicted Liverpool’s first league defeat of the season on Saturday as Villa were leading the Reds from the 21st minute all the way until the 87th minute before Jurgen Klopp’s team turned the game on its head.

Andy Robertson scored the equalising goal for the Reds to cancel out Trezeguet’s opening goal of the game, before Sadio Mane headed home in stoppage time to deny the Villans an unexpected point.

Bent focused on Smith’s part in Villa nearly humbling Liverpool on Saturday, and was confident that more plaudits would come his way sooner rather than later.

“Dean Smith has done an unbelievable job down there, he’s going underrated,” Bent told Football Insider.

“What is happening is that people like Chris Wilder, Graham Potter, these guys are sixth and eighth in the league so their taking a lot of the limelight away from what Dean Smith has done.

“But Dean Smith is doing a really really really good job down there, and sooner rather than later he’ll start getting the plaudits he deserves.

“It’s just because as I’ve said Sheffield United are sixth in the league and that’s unbelievable and Brighton are eighth, y’know what I mean?

“Just takes the attention away but he’s doing a fantastic job and I’m sure the Villa fans, I know a lot of Villa fans, know he is doing a great job.”

Aston Villa currently sit 16th in the Premier League, three points clear of the relegation zone, after picking up 11 points from their first 11 matches of the season.

Smith became Villa boss in October 2018 after the club parted company with Steve Bruce due to him only managing to get only one win in the club’s previous nine Championship games.

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