Smith hoping his record holds firm

By Graham Hill

VILLA boss Dean Smith hopes the clash with Bristol City goes to form from a personal point of view.

Smith says his record against the team from Ashton Gate is a decent one as he searches for an EIGHTH successive win.

Villa have not done that since Ron Saunders was in charge in 1975.

Another victory would edge Villa closer to the 72 point mark which should ensure their place in the top six.

But 75 would be better and Smith goes into the Villa Park clash knowing his players are in confident mood.

Smith told the club’s official TV channel: “I went to watch Bristol City on Tuesday against West Brom and they were comfortable after 20 minutes and didn’t have to work too hard for their goals.

“They’ve put in some great performances at Middlesbrough and Sheffield United to get wins there.

“It’ll be a tough game for us. They’ve got good players and that always makes for a difficult game.

“I’ve got quite a good record against Bristol City, so hopefully I can take that into Saturday.”

Villa Park will be sold out for what promises to be an electric occasion.

And it is the first of three home games before the end of the League season.

Smith says that could prove vital when it comes to Villa securing a play-off spot.

The Villa boss added: “It’s crucial for us.

“Villa Park is a special place when it’s full to the rafters, like it will be this weekend.

“We’re hard to beat there and are starting to win a lot of matches there. We want that to continue and to give fans something to shout about.”

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