By Phil Jennings
VILLA boss Dean Smith says their win over Bristol City proves they can win without Jack Grealish.
The Villa skipper was ruled out before the game through illness.
And with Tyrone Mings suspened and Jonathan Kodjia out with a rib injury, suddenly Villa were missing several key men.
But second half goals from Tammy Abraham – from the penalty spot – and Conor Hourihane sealed the points despite a sensational goalkeeping display from City’s Max O’Leary and a late goal by Famara Diedhiou.
The win boosted Villa’s play-off hopes with four games left as they took points off on of their top six rivals
Smith told reporters after the game: “There’s been an awful lot said that we’re a one-man team with Grealish and we’ve shown here that we’re definitely not.
“We should’ve had an awful lot more. The only thing missing for us was more goals. We should have had five or six more.
“Their keeper had the game of his life.
“It’s some achievement to win eight games in a row in this league.
“Ron Saunders was an unbelievable manager so to be mentioned in the same breath as him fills me with pride and my family as well.
“I’m not sure what we might need to make sure but we’ve certainly done ourselves no harm.”