McGinn: Rivals wanted us to lose

By Phil Jennings

JOHN McGinn admitted the pressure was growing for Villa to get their first Premier League win.

And the Scot says that he felt teams who have not spent as much this summer were ‘desperate’ for Dean Smith’s side to carry on losing.

Friday’s 2-0 victory against a strong Everton side was a huge boost for Villa.

But it also banished the memories of that terrible 2016 season when a splintered Villa team were relegated.

This was their first top flight win in three and a half years with goals coming from Wesley – his first for Villa – and substitute Anwar El Ghazi.

But McGinn admitted it was a result that needed to come after opening the season with two successive defeats.

Interviewed live on Sky Sports, McGinn said: “We were shattered out there and it’s a bit of a relief.

“When you spend the money we have there’s always pressure to get off the mark.

“All the teams that didn’t spend much were desperate for us to carry on losing. It was good for Big Wes to score and silence the critics.

“You have to use all that criticism. We knew in the dressing room the kind of players we signed and we had that belief that we can do something this season. One win doesn’t make a massive difference but it lifts morale.”

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