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Dean Smith: Leading Aston Villa out at Wembley will be something special

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Dean Smith: Leading Aston Villa out at Wembley will be something special

Dean Smith admits it will be “something special” to lead Aston Villa out at Wembley.

Smith, renowned as a calm and considered Head Coach, says it will be a proud moment for him.

But he stresses he’ll be fully in “match mode” during the Play-Off Final as he eyes victory over Derby County.

It will be something special leading the Villa out at Wembley. But we have a job to do. Dean Smith
Talking on the BBC WM phone-in, he said: “I try to keep my emotions in check. I have been involved in the professional game for over 30 years and managed over 400 games. You get into a mode.

“I won’t lie it will be something special leading the Villa out at Wembley. 

“But we have a job to do. Hopefully we can go and get that job done. I think people might see a few more emotions from me then.”

On the challenge of the Rams, he continued: “It will be a good occasion.

“They are a good team. You saw their performance at Leeds. That will give them a massive boost. 

“Our performances have ben top notch. We are looking forward to it.”

Smith is determined to go one further in this Play-Off Final after admitting he watched the Fulham Wembley defeat last time around on his laptop in the USA while on holiday.

He added: “I was in the States when we lost to Fulham. I watched it on my laptop in 11am in the hotel. 

“It was always a tough one because Fulham had good momentum. We didn’t perform in the first half. We knocked at the door and didn’t quite get there. 

“But this is a different Aston Villa team. Look at our front three. El Ghazi is 24, Green is 20, Abraham is 22. We have freshness, youth and energy.”


Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 16th May 2019