Dean Smith joked that Aston Villa could be grateful Matty Money ‘has bought a small bottom’ following a VAR resolution that went his facet’s means.
VAR too centre stage of their 1-Zero win in opposition to Southampton on the St Mary’s on Saturday.
An early handball shout, the place the ball clearly hit the hand of Money, was adjudged to not be deliberate.
It was deemed to have glanced off his thigh and on to his hand and subsequently not given.
Ross Barkley scored an excellent purpose on the finish of the primary half and VAR once more denied the Saints late on.
Danny Ings offside by the narrowest of margins with the expertise not overruling the on-field resolution.
Villa have been on the improper finish of some VAR calls of late however their luck was in on this event.
When requested if he felt he bought the opposite facet of selections tonight, Smith advised talkSPORT: “No… there have been two marginal choices and by the letter of the legislation I imagine they’re right.
“I’ve been per the offsides, if there’s a crimson line it’s the identical for everyone, so we all know the place we stand with that.
“We’re lucky Cashy has bought a small bottom.
“The handball one, from the letter of the legislation firstly of the season from the PGMOL was that if it deflects from part of your physique and hits your arm it’s too shut.
“I imagine they’ve bought the best choices.”
On his facet’s efficiency, Smith added: “We did (must grind it out). It was most likely a distinct victory than what we’ve had lots this season in opposition to a buoyant Southampton who’re having a great season as nicely.
“They put us underneath stress. I assumed we began the sport fairly nicely then we had an issue after about 20 minutes with their build-up.
“I assumed they constructed up too simply and performed by means of us a little bit bit an excessive amount of and we did our press and bought higher with that.
“We scored a purpose of high quality tonight and I feel that was the distinction between the 2 groups in the long run.”
His reverse quantity, Ralph Hasenhuttl, felt aggrieved on the resolution to not award a penalty and his Southampton facet didn’t should lose.
When requested if issues went in opposition to his facet right this moment, Hasenhuttl advised talkSPORT: “Sure, completely. All the things right this moment was not for us and we had been a little bit bit unfortunate in the long run and never deserved I feel.
“They advised me if the ball didn’t go to the hand then it was a purpose as a result of it was positively a purpose in any other case. It’s a transparent purpose that has been disallowed and that is what I don’t perceive to be sincere.
“This possibly why we’ve got a VAR so he can determine if he blocks a shot within the purpose or not.
“All the things is coming collectively like all the time and we’re having a troublesome time now. It’s not deserved possibly.
“That is soccer. Typically it’s not honest.”