Dean Smith spoke to Club TV following the 1-0 win over Millwall.
His views in full are below.
On the victory…
I thought it was comfortable without being emphatic.
They made it very difficult for us, as all teams will when they come here to Villa Park.
I thought the heat slowed the game up a little bit as well.
But we worked a very good goal. The disappointing part was that we should have made it more emphatic with the chances that we had.
It was a very tough game out there. But the lads competed really well and dominated possession at times.
As the game opened up in the last 15 or 20 minutes, they were throwing more 6ft 5in lads on and we were having to deal what that – but we’re also always a threat ourselves with the quality we have.
We really should have put the game to bed.
On Jonathan Kodjia coming in – and scoring…
Yes it’s very pleasing.
I said to the players this morning that I was walking my dog and I wasn’t sure how we’d won nine on the spin and thought ‘are we on to a good thing?’
Then we came in on Saturday morning and 12 players who hadn’t played on Friday trained – and the training session was outstanding.
I have players knocking on my door because they’re not happy that they’re not playing. We have really competitive, small-sided games the day before games with players nose to nose at times.
They are taking ownership of their own debrief meetings. When you’ve got that, you’re on to something.
I said to the lads before the game ‘you’ve set your standards and raised the bar, you need to keep that’. That’s why we’ve got 10 wins on the spin.
On the hunger to succeed…
It’s crucial. We have to keep doing what we’re doing.
We have to keep taking it one game at a time which we have been doing.
It’s no mean feat to become history makers for this football club. But, as I have said before, it’s not about that, it’s about getting promoted. That’s our aim.
On the record…
I am very proud.
Nassef and Wes came to watch. I had a chat with them before the game. They are very pleased with how it’s going.
They can take great pride in the turnaround that they’ve helped at the football club.
We’ve had full houses, fans in full voice, smiles on faces and us winning football games.
But we know the most important ones are still to come.
It will be a very tactical game.
I have played against them a couple of times already this season.
They are going for an automatic position at the moment. They will go hell for leather. But we have to also because we want to continue this run we’re on.
It’s going to be a tough game. But we will have a couple of days off now and then start building for that one.