Jack Grealish remains injured for Aston Villa’s trip to Leeds United.
"In the second half we played in their half which is what we had to do. They were hanging on at the end to get the win."
Dean Smith will be without both Kortney Hause and Matty Cash going into Aston Villa's clash with Leicester City.
The former England and Chelsea captain has been linked with jobs at Bournemouth and Celtic.
"He's selfless in terms of what his work-rate is. He's such a good footballer but a good team-mate as well."
Merson has claimed Jack Grealish is "on a different planet" in the Premier League this season.
There is a strange disconnect when it comes to the perception of British managers. David and Dean are doing fine jobs.
Aston Villa have won one of their last five Premier League games.
Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith feels Ollie Watkins may have been putting too much pressure on himself.
Newcastle are going to turn things round, says Steve Bruce. Any second now.
Dean Smith was given a yellow card for asking fourth official David Coote "if he got juggling balls for Christmas".
"I wanted the Christmas present of a good performance and result and I certainly got one with that result and performance..."
Aston Villa are in the hunt for Europe this season and now take on Crystal Palace.
Ross Barkley could be back for Aston Villa on Boxing Day. Because more power in attack is what they need.
The good news for Sam Allardyce is that not every team attacks with the Villa verve. Lord.
"I wouldn't mind the job at Stockley Park, with my slippers on like they seem to have there..."
"I don't know what a penalty is now. We could all hear the contact inside the ground..."
Smith claims there needs to be more evidence that player welfare is at risk before he backs five substitutions.
Smith insists Villa have the character to bounce back after they "went away from the game plan" in the loss to Leeds.
Dean Smith has reacted to Aston Villa's first loss at the hands of newly-promoted Leeds United.
Barkley admitted he left Chelsea to boost his England hopes ahead of the European Championships.
Watkins previously worked under Dean Smith at Brentford.
Benrahma has scored 17 goals and provided nine assists in the Championship this season.
Origi started just seven Premier League games for the champions.
"I'm pleased, proud and every adjective to go with it."
Dean Smith has urged Aston Villa to grab their chance of survival.
Dean Smith urged Aston Villa to keep up their standards from their win over Arsenal to try and secure safety.
Dean Smith admitted that Aston Villa were "sloppy" towards the end of their draw with Everton.
Aston Villa deserved more against Wolves, claimed Dean Smith, but they need more "quality" in attack.
Dean Smith praised Aston Villa for their "commitment" against Newcastle, but said their draw was "annoying".
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