Smith: ‘Tie won’t be won at Villa’

By Graham Hill

VILLA boss Dean Smith insists he will never take anything for granted – no matter what the result of the first leg of their play-off semi-final is.

Smith says you only have to look at this week’s Champions League semi-finals to know that the game is never won until it is over.

So even if either side take a big lead away from Villa Park on Saturday, Smith is well aware there will be 90 minutes still to play.

The Villa boss told the club’s official TV channel: “We’ve seen with Liverpool and Tottenham in the last few days that it’s never over.

“There’ll still be something to play for, whether it’s 0-0 or 3-0 when we go there.”

Smith says it has taken a team effort to get Villa this far.

But he points to the fact that West Brom still finished above them despite Villa’s 12-match unbeaten run as they stormed into the top six during March and April.

Smith added: “We have great belief in our squad and this team. We’ve got six or seven players who can change a game.

The run we’ve had these last few months has been purely down to that team ethic.”

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