Dean: Hard work still ahead for us

By Graham Hill

VILLA boss Dean Smith admitted there was no time for celebrating despite sealing a record-breaking 10th win in a row with victory over Millwall.

Jonathan Kodjia’s first half goal was enough to earn Villa a history making victory.

The previous record of nine successive wins was set in 1910 and Villa got over the line even though the game did not match the occasion.

Millwall made life tough for Villa on front of a crowd of just under 40,000.But there was no denying this Villa side their place in the record books – as they marched on towards the play-offs.

The game was decided after half an hour when Jack Grealish fed Anwar El-Ghazi and he crossed for Kodjia to convert.

Kodjia was back in side in place of the injured Tammy Abraham who did not recover from a shoulder injury in time.

But Villa’s win would have been more convincing but for a series of saves from Millwall keeper David Martin.

Smith said: “If you’d asked me if we would go on and win the next 10 games I’d have said you are a little bit crackers.

“I don’t think until I look back on it I’ll realise what we have done because my focus is still on getting promoted.

“I am already thinking of playing Leeds on Sunday. But in time I will look back and realise what we’ve achieved.

“Aston Villa is an historical, great football club and to be the first head coach or manager to have achieved it is something special.

“I said to the players before the game that they have set standards.

“We want to continue it.

“There is still an awful lot for us to do. We are hoping there are still five more games to go and we are hoping we can win all five.

“The turning point was half time at Stoke. I got into the players a little bit and we’ve been excellent since then.”

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