Dean Smith’s immaculate first touch was arguably the highlight of the first half between Aston Villa and Man City on Wednesday evening.
The Villa boss was watching his team play for the first time in almost three weeks due to a coronavirus outbreak at the Midlands club.
The ball sailed over to Smith following a wayward pass from Tyrone MingsBT Sport
Smith’s first touch took everyone by surpriseBT Sport
And they were taking on an in-form Man City side who had won their last eight matches in all competitions.
In a goalless first-half, the spotlight was on Smith when he brilliantly controlled Tyrone Mings’ misplaced pass in the 42nd minute.
The touch even appeared to catch City boss Pep Guardiola by surprise.
Look at that touch from Dean Smith… pic.twitter.com/Jeyr4jf83q
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Villa defended well in the first half and were only really threatened when Emiliano Martinez excellently denied Bernardo Silva from close-range.
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