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The Boss: Smith on Forest win, McGinn impact, current momentum, Hause goal and Middlesbrough next up

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The Boss: Smith on Forest win, McGinn impact, current momentum, Hause goal and Middlesbrough next up

Dean Smith spoke to Club TV following an impressive 3-1 win at Nottingham Forest.

His views in full are below.

On the victory…

We actually started the game really well and then they have scored a fortunate goal.

It was a good run by Joe Lolley who beat a few players. Jack Colback has then crossed it and it’s come off the far post.

But the response from the players was excellent. We passed the ball really well. 

They played Ryan Yates tucked in off the line which allowed Neil Taylor to get a lot of the ball. I thought we found our outball really well. 

VerdictForestJohn McGinn has made a great run down the outside and muscled out Jack Colback and then produced a great finish. I said to him before the game that he owed me a few goals after losing him for a few games.

With the second one, I knew it was in the moment it left his left foot. I was right behind it. He struck it so well – it was a really good team move. 

I thought we passed the ball well for 30 minutes and then, to be fair, Forest came back into it for the next 15 minutes. It got a little bit scrappy but defensively we did really well again. 

I though the third goal killed the game off. I thought we saw the game out really well from there.

On how the early goals sparked memories of the 5-5…

When we scored our second goal so early on in this game, I thought 'is it a thing where Villa play Forest and we just keep scoring against each other'.

But after that, I thought the defensive display was very good against a team that’s won four on the spin here at the City Ground.

It was very important to come here and follow up the last couple of results and also put the events from Sunday behind us.

We did that. Credit to all the players, I’ve got really tough decisions at the moment which is really nice. 

I had a tough one today to rest Albert Adomah and Glenn Whelan who have been doing really well, especially Glenn who’s been outstanding.

It’s a good problem to have at the moment.

JMGForestOn John McGinn impact…

He’s been our most consistent performer all season so it’s been very difficult to leave him out of the team, especially with how well he’s been doing.

But the players were that good against Derby County, I had the fortune to keep that same team. 

But he made a difference when he came on against Birmingham City.

We will have to look now at how everyone recovers ahead of the game against Middlesbrough on Saturday.  

FFansForestOn the current momentum…

There is the Jack Grealish factor, which everyone will talk about.

But there’s a new-found belief from the players. 

I am getting tested, too, now in terms of picking players because I have players available.

After this Saturday, we have other players coming back, too, so it’s a great position for us to be in and we want to finish the season really well and take it game by game.

On the Middlesbrough game this weekend…

They are all big. Every match we go into is a big game.

Middlebrough will be no bigger than it was here against Forest.

That’s how the lads have been getting up for the games. They were fully concentrated today and put in a good, professional performance.

KHHugOn Kortney Hause…

He’s a very good defender. 

Him and Tyrone have built up a really good partnership so far and it was great to see him pop up on the scoresheet. 

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Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 13th March 2019