Aston Villa news: Fresh verdict emerges on cause of four straight EPL defeats

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Journalist Luke Hatfield thinks that Aston Villa are suffering from a hangover since losing to Wolves last month.

In the two games since the defeat to their Midlands rivals, Dean Smith's side have lost twice more and have conceded seven times in the process.

What happened against Wolves?

Aston Villa went into the game only four points off the top four and knew that a victory could see them climb the table quite significantly.

And Smith's men looked on course collect three points when firstly, Danny Ings headed home before John McGinn's deflected effort put Villa into a commanding position.

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They held onto that 2-0 lead until the final 10 minutes, but Wolves had other ideas and mounted one of the great Premier League comebacks late on.

On 80 minutes, Romain Saiss reduced the deficit before Conor Coady bundled home to level the scores.

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It looked like Villa would drop two points, but that quickly became three when Ruben Neves' last-gasp free-kick completely turned the game on its head and earned Wolves victory.

It was the first time that Villa had lost from a winning position all season, although Hatfield reckons that the manner of the defeat has played a part in the games with Arsenal and West Ham.

What did Hatfield say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: "I think the Wolves game has probably affected them.

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"They were controlling the game until what 15 minutes to go and when you lose a game from such a commanding position, you can often have a hangover and I think that's happened to Villa."

What's next for Aston Villa?

It took Villa until the middle of January before they'd suffered six Premier League defeats last term, but they've already managed that in the opening ten matches, which leaves them just above relegation.

There's certainly no need to panic just yet, but the next three fixtures are huge for Villa.

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It all starts with a crunch clash at Southampton on Friday and another defeat, combined with some results going against them elsewhere, could even send Villa into the bottom-three.

They do host Brighton and then travel to Crystal Palace in their first two league fixtures after the international break, but Smith's team need to get something going quickly or the positivity they generated from their transfer window will soon turn sour.

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