Villa boss O’Neill: Lerner know what needs to be done

O’Neill said: “We were second best in the first half. We got ourselves back in the game in the second period and at 2-1 I thought we might force an equaliser but the third goal was crucial and they won comfortably in the end.

“We did not play well enough in the first half. We are not famous for coming out of the traps quickly. But I still see no reason for us not to be competing at the start of the game.

“From our view point they scored some very poor goals which was disappointing as we have not been giving many away.

“I think Mr Lerner has seen a number of our games now. He has watched us do well and not so cleverly. He will be disappointed but he knows what needs to be done.

“There is still a lot to be done at this club for us to even become a decent Premiership side. We did not play well enough and frailties can be shown up on nights like this.”