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The Boss: Smith on good start, where we improve, Sir Doug Ellis, more sell-out crowds and his first week as Head Coach

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The Boss: Smith on good start, where we improve, Sir Doug Ellis, more sell-out crowds and his first week as Head Coach

Dean Smith spoke with Club TV after getting his first win as Aston Villa Head Coach on Saturday.

His thoughts can be found in full below.

On an ideal start to life as Head Coach...

It was great to get the win and the clean sheet. I said to the players, there's only one thing better than winning –  winning by working hard.

Our energy levels dropped second half, if I'm honest. It allowed Swansea to see more of the ball.

But the first half and the first 30 minutes in particular, we were excellent. We set traps, hunted the ball really well and probably should have done better with the opportunities we had.

We had good overloads that led to good chances. But we'll certainly take the 1-0.


On the performance after limited time with the whole group this week...

They're a group of talented players that have shown today that they can work hard.

Most of the work we've done this week has been without the ball, and I thought we were good in that aspect today.

I can see the lads are very coachable. We stuck to the game plan and won the ball very high up the pitch.

We created opportunities from that and probably could have got a lot more.

We'll also work on possession in the coming weeks because we were a little bit loose on the ball. We can't be like that at this level.

But, when we get it right, we'll be a force that's for sure.

On the fast start...

I'd asked the players for that, from the kick-off. Whether it was ours or theirs.

I want to get the supporters' bums off their seats.

We had great support today and I'm glad they're going home happy.


On Tammy Abraham's fourth goal in seven games...

It was a great second-phase delivery and a great header.

He'll be disappointed because he could have probably walked away with the matchball today.

On being in charge for the first time...

I didn't have too much time to get emotional, to be honest. There were too many ex-players giving me hugs on the touchline!

I'm glad we got the win. It was a fitting tribute for Sir Doug Ellis as well.

You could see and hear from supporters what they thought of him.

He'd have been looking down with a smile on his face, I'm sure.


On wanting big crowds every game...

I'd love that to be the case for a new managerial reign.

There's a new structure in place at the club and we want to build and get better.

That includes the players, coaches, staff and supporters. We can move forward together.

On his first week overall...

It's been brilliant.

The players have been very good on the training ground. Like I said, they're very coachable.

To top it with a win and a good performance in that first half is very pleasing.


Dan Connor
By @danconnor 20th October 2018