By Graham Hill
CONOR Hourihane says Aston Villa have ‘unfinished business’ against West Brom in the play-offs.
And he admitted watching Norwich City collect the Championship title has spurred Aston Villa’s play off bid.
Villa players and staff formed a guard of honour for the Canaries as they collected the trophy after their victory on Sunday.
But Ireland midfielder Hourihane says it only made Villa more determined than ever to join Daniel Farke’s side in the Premier League next season.
Villa host Albion in an all-West Midlands first leg semi-final tie this Saturday.
And Hourihane says Norwich gave them a taste of what could happen this month.
But he admits Villa still have not forgotten Jay Rodriguez’s handball equaliser in 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns last December.
Hourihane said: “West Brom are a good side and we haven’t beaten them this is season yet.
“We drew at their place, unfairly in my point of view with the handball and then they beat us at home.
“First and foremost we have to take care of West Brom, starting at home on Saturday. We have unfinished business and hopefully we come out with the right result.”
Hourihane said there was a touch of envy watching Norwich’s celebrations and said: “It was tough, to be honest with you.
“That’s where you want to be and what you want to achieve.
“We want to be celebrating in there.
“Hopefully it will spur us on and give us that drive, a little extra edge.
“We want to be celebrating in a month’s time, having won the play-offs.
“First and foremost we have to take care of West Brom, starting at home on Saturday.
“We have unfinished business and hopefully we come out with the right result.”
Boss Dean Smith is set to recall the key men he rested on Sunday – with Jack Grealish, Tammy Abraham, Tyrone Mings and John McGinn returning to face Albion.
Hourihane added: “It was disappointing to lose our unbeaten run against Norwich but we have bigger fish to fry.
“On the horizon is the big one.
“We have to prepare as best as possible.
“This place will be absolutely buzzing for the home game against West Brom, and it’ll be a great occasion. Hopefully we come out of it the better side over two legs. The job’s not done, it’s going to be very tough.”