By Graham Hill
DEAN SMITH paid tribute to his history-making team after their ninth successive league win.
Villa’s 2-0 victory at Bolton equalled a record that has stood since 1910 – and another win on Monday against Millwall would give them the all-time best.
That would see the record books rewritten. But in among all of this is the fact that Villa have come from nowhere to put together a run which is effectively promotion form at just the right stage of the season.
It can still go wrong for Villa of course and Smith knows that all too well.
But for now, there are few signs of the promotion bandwagon grinding to a halt.
Smith knows records are not enough when it comes to climbing back into the Premier League.
But he took time to savour the moment after Villa’s landmark win.
Smith told the club’s official website: “I’m incredibly proud for the players. They’re in the history books now.
“I said on Wednesday at the press conference that our ultimate ambition is to get into the Play-Offs and get promoted. That has to be the overriding factor.
“But the lads have got themselves a record. We have a tough game against Millwall now where we have to try and break the record.
“It’ll be great to go and do that.
“But credit to the players. The way they’re playing, they’re full of endeavour, energy and they look like they trust each other to go out and put a performance in for each other.”