Aston Villa have been cut to 3/4 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds after suffering a heart-breaking 3-2 home loss to Tottenham.
The midlands outfit remained just a point above the drop zone after Son Heung-min’s stoppage-time strike eventually settled a thrilling encounter.
Manager Dean Smith hit out at an earlier VAR ruling which allowed Spurs to score from the penalty spot.
He said: “It was a farcical VAR decision. I don’t get it. There’s 42,000 people in the stadium, he gives a goal-kick and everyone believes it’s a goal-kick.
“The criteria is clear and obvious, it’s not clear and obvious. Martin Atkinson stood up but his authority has been taken away.
“It was a sore result for us, it’s a tough one to take. There was a lot of personality in our performance.”
Canaries still cut adrift
Norwich are regarded as near-certainties to make a quick return to the Championship following a 1-0 home loss to Liverpool.
The spirited Canaries were left on 18 points and are as short as 1/20 in bwin’s Premier League relegation odds.
Lukas Rupp’s failed one-on-one with Alisson was pivotal, with the keeper pouncing after the midfielder tried to roll in Teemu Pukki when he had a chance to shoot himself.
“We’re disappointed, because it was a great performance,” said Daniel Farke.
“We were so good in so many ways but not the one that counted the most, as you have to be unbelievably clinical.
“To be one-on-one with the goalkeeper against Liverpool, it must be a goal if you want to gain any points against them.”
Newcastle are currently seven points clear of the danger zone but a 4-0 drubbing at Arsenal had alarm bells ringing and they are 7/1 to fall.
“We’ve given poor goals away,” moaned Steve Bruce. “One thing we’ve done this season is pride ourselves on not giving much away.
“During the first half, it was as good as we’ve played on a big stage – that’s as good as we’ve been in a long time.
“However, we’ve made a mistake and then we’ve got punished in the second one, then when you analyse the third and fourth one it becomes a bit of a shock, because no-one really expected it.”
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