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Press Conference hot topics: Smith on Albion, full Villa Park, Ian Ross and who 'should've been a Sir'

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Press Conference hot topics: Smith on Albion, full Villa Park, Ian Ross and who 'should've been a Sir'

On the perfect chance to bounce back...

It's a big game because it's a local game and because it's our next one in the Championship.

We can try and deal with the disappointment of conceding late on Wednesday straight away.

We need to put in a performance, work hard and get a result.


On the sense of urgency in getting results now...

To be honest, there was the sense of urgency when I first came in. It's always there.

We're not on a great run of results right now. We need to change that and give the supporters something to shout about.

On Albion...

I've watched the game back from December this week and we fully deserved to win the game.

It doesn't add any extra motivation, the way they got the equaliser. I can't control it.

It's the same managers and it was a good game of football last time around.

Both teams are missing some big players, but I expect it to be a similar type of game.


On a big crowd that is getting bigger...

I've had one derby here already and we sent the fans home happy with a big win. Hopefully we can do the same this weekend.

One of the main reasons I came to this football club was because of the supporters. I know what they can give.

The backing has been tremendous. We've had four or five sell-outs since I arrived.

They're crucial to us. Those that stayed last week got their reward. Hopefully we can go from the start this time.

On shifting those last remaining tickets...

The players love playing in front of a full house at Villa Park – there's nothing better.

It's electric. They get behind you. The Holte End can suck that ball in for you.

We saw it against Sheffield United. That's what we have to do.

On a 3pm kick-off for a big game...

It makes a change as we have a lot of games on the television.

We play Fridays, Sundays, Mondays. It makes a nice change.

We've got five Midlands derbies coming up now – Albion, Stoke, Derby, Forest and Blues. It's an exciting period. We're looking forward to it.


On the late Ian Ross...

He was a really good player.

I was actually really fortunate to be coached by him. He came in alongside John Barnwell in the late 1980s and helped coach us at Walsall for a few months.

I was lucky to be able to take some knowledge from him and he certainly helped in my development.

My condolences go to his family. They're really good people.

On Gordon Banks...

A lot has been said about the person he was as well as the footballer.

I had the honour of meeting him a couple of times. He was a really humble man.

All of them should have been made 'Sir' after the World Cup win in 1966.

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 15th February 2019