Devil is in the detail for Tom Heaton and Aston Villa
Tom Heaton claims Villa must sharpen up on the small stuff if they are to begin climbing the Premier League table.
The goalkeeper has found plenty of positives in the start to the season, despite newly-promoted Villa losing three of their first four league fixtures. But he believes it is the small things which have often caused the biggest problems for Dean Smith’s team.
Villa have too often been their own worst enemy and asked where they most needed to improve, Heaton replied: “It is the fine details. That is what you first become aware of at this level.
“We play a lot of good stuff, with good shape and a lot of ability. But it is the fine details and those moments you have to get right.
“One example at Crystal Palace the other week was a poor clearance from me with about five minutes to go and the momentum shifts. If you get those details wrong it can hurt you.”