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The Boss: Smith on frantic Forest draw, goals galore, defensive lapses, four-goal El Ghazi and prolific Abraham

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The Boss: Smith on frantic Forest draw, goals galore, defensive lapses, four-goal El Ghazi and prolific Abraham

Dean Smith spoke to Club TV after the chaotic 5-5 draw with Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.

His full thoughts can be read below.


On the 10-goal thriller under the lights...

I'm devestated for the players, to be honest. They've shown an awful lot of character to keep coming back.

But at 5-4, we really should be taking the points away.

I've watched the goals back. There's an element of fortune involved for a few of them, but Forest are a very clinical, counter attacking team.

Overall I'm disappointed, but pleased with the attacking intent.

It sounds funny when you concede five, but I felt we deserved to win the game. We had 26 attempts to their eight.

We're still unbeaten here under myself, though. That's a big thing for us.

On whether this is the new Aston Villa – always entertaining...

Going forward I hope it is.

With the players we've got, we have to outscore teams.

We want to get better defensively, of course. But we also had more chances we could have taken, and nearly did at the end.


On the mentality to keep coming back and scoring...

I can't knock that. We'll continue it and I can tell you there's some very disappointed players in the dressing room.

They feel it's a game they could and should have won. But we also know they can't concede five goals. We won't again.

We'll take the positives, but have to tighten up.

On the red-card incident...

I've seen it back and he's late and he's caught his foot. It's an orange card for me, if there was such a thing.

The tackle on Jack Grealish from Jack Colback was five yards away from me and was a caution as well.


On Tammy Abraham scoring four times...

He's loving being here. He works his socks off every game.

Because of his application and his attitude, he'll get lots of chances.

He's beginning to put them away.

On Yannick Bolasie's first start and the returning John McGinn...

Bolasie did well. As did McGinn – who was more of the risk tonight. I felt it was worth it.

They were both tired at the end but put in good performances.


On Anwar El Ghazi's impressive impact...

He certainly did what we wanted.

We played him in a behind-closed-doors friendly last week against Yeovil, and he scored four in that game.

He's been working really hard to get on the pitch and took his chance today.

On where the game ranks in his managerial career for drama...

It's certainly up there for entertainment. But we don't want to be quite that entertaining!

We want to keep scoring goals – that's our ambition.

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 28th November 2018