Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins Highlights Lack of “Big-Team Mentality” After Brentford Draw

Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins has raised concerns about his side’s ability to maintain leads and close out crucial games, citing a lack of a “big-team mentality” following their dramatic 3-3 draw against Brentford.

Despite holding a two-goal advantage, Villa allowed Brentford to stage a remarkable comeback, eventually salvaging a draw with Watkins’ late goal. Watkins emphasized the need for Villa to learn how to “shut up shop” when in commanding positions.

Villa’s inconsistency in managing leads has been evident throughout the season, with Saturday’s draw marking the third occasion they’ve surrendered a two-goal advantage. Watkins expressed frustration over the team’s inability to assert control and kill off games effectively.

Manager Unai Emery echoed Watkins’ sentiments, acknowledging the loss of control and attributing the collapse to emotional factors as well.

The draw against Brentford further compounds Villa’s recent struggles, with the team experiencing a downturn in form compared to their strong start to the season. Despite occupying fourth place in the Premier League, Villa has lost ground to top-four rivals and faces the risk of missing out on Champions League qualification.

Emphasizing the importance of maintaining their position in the top four, Watkins highlighted the disappointment in lacking the mentality to see out games effectively, a trait often associated with elite teams.

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