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Dean's Debrief: Hourihane magic, Grealish return, moving up the table and games to come

On the Whistle: Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle United Midfield duo delighted with Villa Park victory
Dean's Debrief: Hourihane magic, Grealish return, moving up the table and games to come

Dean Smith assessed our Monday Night Football victory against Newcastle United.

On the result...

It was a good performance, especially in the first half. I thought we controlled the ball really well and dominated possession.

We were relentless with the ball, but also patient because we knew we had to be as they banked in and made it difficult.

They came and pressed us a bit higher in the second half and we were a bit loose with the ball, but I thought we saw it out really well after that.


On Hourihane…

He wasn’t happy when I left him out of the game against Manchester City away and I understand why, but it’s a squad game and I have decisions to make.

I knew we’d spend an awful lot of time defending and today I knew we’d have a lot more of the ball.

He’s answered me back in the best way. He scored against Norwich, he scored against Brighton and he’s scored again today, so I’m really pleased for him.


On Jack’s return…

He’s a constant threat and he moves around the pitch really well into positions where people don’t want to come and tackle him.

The opposition get frustrated and two free-kicks against him end up with two goals for us.

Knowing Jack, he’ll be disappointed he hasn’t got on the scoresheet himself.


On Premier League table…

I said at the start of the season that Villa Park is going to be big for us in terms of how we do.

I was only looking at the table yesterday and everyone outside of the top four and Burnley has won four games maximum.

That shows how competitive this league is. If you win three games, you’ll be in the top ten and if you lose three, you’ll be in the bottom five. That’s just how the league seems to be this season.

Greg  Styles
By @GregStyles91 25th November 2019