Members of the local and national media gathered at Bodymoor Heath on Monday afternoon to speak to Aston Villa boss Dean Smith.
The manager gave his thoughts on the departure of Jonathan Kodjia, the battle at the bottom of the Premier League and Tuesday night’s game against Watford.
Here’s what he had to say…
On Kodjia departure…
Jonathan Kodjia’s had a tough season. He came back from the Africa Cup of Nations very, very tired after our season didn’t finish until May.
He got injured against Tottenham and has struggled for fitness and game time since. With his contract being up at the end of the season, we hadn’t offered him a new contract and he wanted to look at other avenues.
On battle at the bottom…
I don’t look at other results – I can only concentrate on ours. Where we finish up in the table is down to us.
We’ve played Norwich twice and beat them twice, we’ve played Brighton twice and taken four points off them, we’ve played Burnley and taken four points off them, so we’ve got a number of games still to play.
There are a number of games against teams in and around us to play that means things are still in our own hands and determine where we finish this season.
We played them fairly recently, so we know a lot about them. We’re looking forward to the game.
We’ve changed since then [3-0 loss to Watford in December]. We’ve changed our system, the personnel who played against Brighton would have been different to the personnel who played against Watford.
The games we’ve played since then, I felt like we’ve had a real reaction. Our performances against Burnley, Leicester and Brighton have been good.