Speaking to the press, Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has issued a confident message going into the club’s final game of the season with West Ham tomorrow afternoon.

Villa face a West Ham side that is safe from the drop this season now, but they themselves could still go down.

They are in the driving seat, though, and need to just earn a better result this weekend than Watford, who are away to Arsenal.

Indeed, Villa themselves beat Arsenal to get to this stage and Dean Smith is confident that his players have got enough in them to do the job tomorrow afternoon.

He said:

“I’ve been confident in this group since we came back. There’s nothing to waver my belief in them. I know after the Manchester United match (a 3-0 defeat) everyone thought we were relegated and were speaking about a Championship season.

“We have taken seven points – and it should have been nine – from the last three games and we’re above the line.

“We understand what we have to do. We have to be mindful of what’s happening at other games, as we saw in the Championship, and we’ll have some ‘What if’ scenarios in the final 15 minutes.”

It’s such a big game for Villa and it’ll be interesting to see how they deal with the pressure.

There has been some better signs from them since the restart and things are now in their hands, compared to a Watford side doing its best to implode after showing Nigel Pearson the door.


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