Aston Villa 1 Brentford 1: Egan’s late strike sinks Di Matteo’s men

“To do that, we have to improve in all departments, not just defence. It’s the last five-six minutes in a game that we need to come through as a team.

“We gave Brentford too much space and time in the second half when we wanted to go on and get a second goal.”

Bees boss Dean Smith felt his side thoroughly deserved a point, even though they left it so late to snatch an equaliser.

“I thought we were excellent in the second half,” he said. “To a man, they were excellent and a point was the least they deserved.

“They don’t come much tougher than games against Brighton and Aston Villa. To come away with four points is an excellent achievement.”

Villa were well worth the lead given them by the impressed Kodija as he cut in from the right to curl his left foot shot into the far corner.

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