Aston Villa are learning the hard way by struggling to close out games

Undone by substitutes

In each of the three matches when Villa have lost leads, substitutes and tactical switches by the opposition have played a key factor in Villa being hauled back.

At Tottenham on the opening day of their season, the introduction of Christian Eriksen made a huge difference as his ability to get on the ball and play defence-splitting passes finally broke Villa’s resistance.

Away to Arsenal recently, Calum Chambers, who came on at half-time as the home side reshuffled after going down to 10 men, came up with an unlikely equaliser, while fellow substitutes Lucas Torreira and Joe Willock brought energy and drive to Arsenal’s midfield as they turned the game around.

With Burnley one goal down and struggling at half-time, Dyche matched up to Villa’s formation and sent on Rodriguez to play on the right of a three-man forward line and he made the score 1-1 with a classic back-post header from Erik Pieters’ cross.