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The Boss: Smith on Hull comeback, character, an elusive win and Andre Green impact

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The Boss: Smith on Hull comeback, character, an elusive win and Andre Green impact
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Dean Smith reacted to our 2-2 draw with Hull City in the Villa Park tunnel on Saturday.

Here's what he said in full...


On coming from behind to earn a point...

I'm pleased that we came back, but we need win football matches – especially here at Villa Park.

I thought we played well in the first 10 minutes and dominated the game in their half.

We then gave the ball away and dropped off quite a bit – also allowing them to break.

We're disappointed with the nature of the goals. Lovre Kalinic should probably stop the first, and we've given the ball away cheaply again for the second.

We got punished for those mistakes.


On the character to come back...

We showed plenty. It's a tough place to play when you're 2-0 down and haven't won here for a while. We grouped together well.

The goal right at the end of the first half gave us a lifeline. We looked like a team again and probably should have gone on and won the game from there.

In the end we lacked a bit of quality in the final third that could have got us the win.

On breaking Hull's winning streak...

We knew they were a team that was going well. They've got quality as well.

It's no secret that we've had a few injuries of late – the likes of Jack Grealish and Axel Tuanzebe.

It's important when this happens that we stick together. There was a few too many hands going in the air when we lost the ball today. We need to stick together.

I told them that at half-time and we looked a better team afterwards.


On Andre Green...

He gave us energy, which we needed at the time.

He's bright and has got a little bit of pace.

Anwar El Ghazi couldn't start today either having had a bad cold all week, but he looked bright when he came on too.

On another chance to start a run at Villa Park next week...

We've got to get back to winning ways.

We're a good team and we know that. We just have to turn these draws into wins – there's just too many.

It's still only a couple of defeats in the last 13, but it's victories we need.

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 19th January 2019