Smith: We must avoid ‘false dawn’

ASTON Villa boss Dean Smith admits he is wary of a ‘false dawn’ after Wednesday’s night’s 3-1 win at Nottingham Forest.

Villa’s third win in a row leaves Smith’s side two points off the play-off zone with nine games to play.

It was a situation few Villa fans would have thought possible after the defeat by West Brom.

But suddenly, with the return of Jack Grealish, Villa have renewed hope.

Smith does not want to get carried away though and told BBC Radio WM: Aston Villa boss Dean Smith told BBC WM: It was a very professional performance. They had a fortunate goal that looked like a cross but we responded.

“I brought John McGinn back in which was a tough decision because the midfield three have been doing really well. He was brilliant and deserved his two goals.

“He epitomises what we’re about as he’s a very good player but works so hard – the lads in the dressing room love him.

“But I don’t want another false dawn, so all we will be doing is concentrating on the next game which is Middlesbrough at home.”

Forest boss Martin O’Neill added: “In the aftermath of all this, we cannot forget that Villa are a very good side and perhaps they themselves will want to know why they are in the position they are in, rather than being in the top two.”

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