Mick McCarthy said Darren Bent’s equaliser was the turning point in the game but had praise for his new signings.
Blues led at the break after Michael Chopra’s shot had been nudged across the line by Eric Lichaj with Chops claiming it but Bent levelled the scores within a minute of the restart and Villa won it eight minutes from the end with an Andreas Weimann header.
“It was a crucial goal after the break and changed the course of the game,” said the Town boss.
“We had a couple of chances when we were ahead. I don’t think Shay [Given] knew too much about the one from Michael Chopra but Bent’s goal was crucial. They got on top for a while and it took us a while to settle down again.”
Patrick Kisnorbo played the full 90 minutes on his debut for Blues while Aaron Mclean and David McGoldrick came off the bench for their first games in a Town shirt.
“It was Patrick’s first goal of that intensity for a while and he did well,” added Mick.
“It took a while for David to get his touch but once he did he was fine and created a great chance for us at the end and Aaron looked a real handful. I was pleased with their contributions.
“We are obviously disappointed to have lost the game but I can take a lot of positives from it.”