Dean Smith admitted that he was left ‘frustrated’ after his Aston Villa side suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Brentford on Wednesday night at Griffin Park.

The London club outplayed Smith’s side for large parts of the game, with Neal Maupay curling home a stoppage-time winner.

Despite the home team dominating play in the final third, Villa did arguably miss some of the best chances of the game, with Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane the culprits.

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Nonetheless, after the match, Smith shared his brutally honest thoughts on his side’s defeat.

“It’s very frustrating,” Smith told BBC Sport. “We were never going to come here and outplay Brentford – I’ve not seen a team do that here for four years.

“They’re very good on their own patch, but we stayed organised and made it difficult for them to get big chances.  The frustrating part for me is that the best chances fell to us and we didn’t take them.”

As a result, Villa are now seven points outside of the top six as it is looking highly unlikely that they will make those all-important play-off places.

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Since the turn of the year, they have picked up only one win and that was against bottom-of-the-table Ipswich Town.

For their next encounter, near neighbours West Brom will make the short trip to Villa Park, with Smith hoping his team can get back to winning ways.

During their reverse fixture in November, both sides recorded an entertaining 2-2 draw, with Jay Rodriquez scoring a controversial goal in stoppage-time.

Nonetheless, Darren Moore’s men are currently sitting in the top-four after their 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

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