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The Boss: Smith on Bolton victory, nine wins on the spin, huge away following and Millwall next up

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The Boss: Smith on Bolton victory, nine wins on the spin, huge away following and Millwall next up

Dean Smith spoke to Club TV following the 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.

His thoughts in full are below.

On the victory…

In the first half, it was quite tight. 

I thought we had a lot of possession but we probably didn’t make the most of our chances.

I thought we contained them well but we had to make sure we weren’t complacent because they carry a threat.

I didn’t think we were at our best in that first half. I thought we were slow on the ball. They sat behind the ball and made it difficult for us.

The message at half-time was to move the ball a little bit quicker. I thought we did that – the 20 minutes after half-time was exceptional. 

I don’t care who we play against, if we play like that we can go and score goals against anyone. 

It was very good one and two touch football, great movement and rewarded with two goals.

BWFCVerdictOn Jack Grealish’s opener – with his head…

They are a bit of a rarity. 

He’s scored with his head against Birmingham and now against Bolton.

But he’s starting to get more assists – he got one for the second goal. He’s scoring too. That’s what he will be ultimately judged on.

He’s producing for us, which is really good. 

He was on his sick bed last week and he’s now come back and put in a really good performance.

He’ll be the first to admit that in the first half he wasn’t at his best. But in the second half he showed us what he’s about.

TamInjuredBolton1On Tammy Abraham’s goal – and injury…

He got a whack on the shoulder. I’m not sure how bad that will be. 

The medical staff will have a look at it when we get back to Bodymoor Heath. We will take it from there.

He was in enough discomfort to come off. But credit to him getting to 25 goals this season.

It was a great run from Jack and then a great pick out, with a good ball back. He was brave to go and get that goal. I was pleased for him.

It’s a concern he’s hurt his shoulder but hopefully it won’t be too long.

MingsPostTrottersOn reaching nine successive wins – the first time since 1910…

I am incredibly proud for the players. They’re in the history books now.

I said on Wednesday at the press conference that our ultimate ambition is to get into the Play-Offs and get promoted. That has to be the overriding factor.

But the lads have got themselves in the record books.

We have a tough game against Millwall now where we have to try and break the record. It will be great to go and do that.

But credit to the players. The way they’re playing, they’re full of endeavour, energy and they look like they trust each other to go out and put a performance in for each other.

On Millwall game…

It’s another big game. I am aware that Bristol City and Derby County have a game in hand, still.

But it’s nice to get points on the board – and continue to do that.

It will probably be another sell out at Villa Park on Monday. But they’re fighting for their lives as well. 

Neil Harris has done a great job there but we have to try and win that game.

FansatBoltonLoudOn the passionate away following…

They were brilliant. 

You can see the bond between them and the players. It’s great for all to see.

They were very respectful to Bolton, as well, because we all know Bolton have been relegated today and there’s been a lot of off-field problems. I thought they were very respectful to Bolton today.

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Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 19th April 2019