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Smith impressed with second-half performance

11 May 2019

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith was impressed with his side’s second-half performance against West Brom but was disappointed with their first-half display.

Dwight Gayle pounced upon Glenn Whelan’s mistake on 16 minutes, before two Villa goals in four minutes turned the tie on its head, and Smith was pleased that his side came away with the 2-1 win.

“We didn’t create as many chances as we should have done with the possession that we had and the players that we’ve got, but in the second half we were much better at that,” he said.

“Albion came with a game plan to sit behind the ball and slow the game down, which they did very well and they capitalised on a mistake from us, which gave them something to hold onto.

“I am pleased that we won the game but I am not overly pleased with our performance today, because I know we can perform a lot better than that.”

The Villans travel the mere four miles to the Hawthorns on Tuesday night, and Smith asserts that his players will not be placing men behind the ball, as they are there to win.

“If we can go there and win the game again and get through, we will,” he added. “That is important, because I’ve said it before, the tie was never going to be over after 90 minutes of football.

“We will be going for the win, that’s how these players know that I want to play and that’s how they want to play, they want to go and win football matches and we’ve got quite used to doing that at the minute.

“I think they will approach the game on Tuesday night with a different approach then they did today, because the supporters at the Hawthorns might want them to play a bit differently.”

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