Notably, conditions in Perth were extremely difficult as heavy rain poured down on the pitch and the surface was visibly cutting up throughout the game, which only added to the physical challenge. 

Although Villa managed to restore parity thanks to second-half goals by Leon Bailey and Calum Chambers, the Reds were satisfied with the display and managed to avoid any injuries. 

Speaking after the draw, Ten Hag told us: “The first half was a decent performance, 2-0 up, but the second half we came back out of the dressing room, we had control of the game and we gave it away. That’s not good so that is a lesson.

“For the players, for the team, I think we make a lot of progress, a lot of positive aspects. I would say also, at the end, a set-back, but it’s also part of the season. You also have to have setbacks and have to deal with it.”

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