Aston Villa manager Dean Smith was pleased with his side’s 2-1 victory over Bristol City given the fact that they were missing three key players through injury, illness and suspension.

Tammy Abraham and Conor Hourihane were on target for The Villains in the second half as they saw off the threat of a dangerous Bristol City outfit.

Villa’s victory was made all the more impressive by the fact that they won the match without suspended defender Tyrone Mings, midfielder Jack Grealish (illness) and forward Jonathan Kodjia (injured).

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Speaking to The72 after the match, Villa boss Smith admitted that he was pleased to see his side record a victory in difficult circumstances.

“It has been a really tough week” Smith admitted in the post-match press conference. “Bristol City have had 24 hours extra rest than us and we’ve had an hour with 10 men on Wednesday.

“We’ve had Jack Grealish drop out, Jonathan Kodjia drop out and no Tyrone Mings through suspension so to put in a performance like we did today and get a result, I am really proud of the players.”

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The victory saw Villa equal the 1974/1975 promotion-winning side’s record of eight consecutive league victories and Smith said that it was a huge achievement to match that feat.

He added “It is some achievement to win eight games in this league.

“It’s a tough league and you only have to look at some of the fixtures which we have had in this run, Birmingham away, Derby at home, Forest away, Blackburn home, Sheffield Wednesday away, Bristol City home, it has been a real tough run of fixtures.

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“With the exception of Sheffield Wednesday away, I would say that we have deserved to win all of those games so it is a credit to the players.”

The victory over Bristol City sees Aston Villa continue to occupy fifth position in the Sky Bet Championship table with four games remaining.


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