Aston Villa boss Dean Smith believes a “one-in-a-million” technology failure could have been a final gift from his father.
Villa host Sheffield United in their opening Premier League game of the season on Monday.
They drew 0-0 with the Blades in the first game of the restart in June – claiming a controversial point.
Orjan Nyland carried Oliver Norwood’s free-kick into his own net but goal-line technology failed to spot it had gone in, meaning referee Michael Oliver did not receive the usual signal on his watch.
It helped Villa survive last term and, after his father Ron passed away