Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has made it clear that his team still have ‘a lot to work on’ from a defensive standpoint following their dramatic 3-3 draw against Sheffield United last Friday.

Striker Billy Sharp struck a hat-trick within the first hour, but Villa came back and scored three goals in the final eight minutes to rescue an unlikely point.

The Midlands outfit, who are six points outside of the playoff places, have won only one game since the turn of the year as Smith is hoping that his team can pick up some ‘momentum’ from that Friday night comeback.

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“We’ve clearly still got a lot to work on,” Smith told BBC Sport. “You can’t give a side a three-goal head start like that. But maybe we’ve got some momentum out of it.

“After all that had gone before, we at least finished the game well and showed a lot of character after thinking that the game was gone at 3-0.”

Last season, during their run to the playoff final, Villa conceded only 42 goals from their 46 matches, with James Chester and John Terry playing at the heart of the club’s defence.

But during this campaign, firstly under Steve Bruce and now Smith, they have shipped 49 goals, with 15 matches of the season still remaining.

There is no doubt that Villa’s main problem during this campaign has been a lack of stability and defensive strength as they will be looking to make amends against the Bees on Wednesday night.

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