Dean Smith has played down Aston Villa’s play-off semi-final showdown with West Brom by stating it’s just ‘another game’ and his team will prepare as ‘normal’.
The Midlands duo will meet in a two-legged affair, starting this Saturday at Villa Park before they meet for the return leg at The Hawthorns next Tuesday.
It won’t be a surprise to see the two games being tight affairs, with not many goals in them despite both teams possessing some of the best attacking talents in the Championship.
Whilst the supporters will be expecting goals galore, the games may just go the other way because of the pressure the players will be under and what is at stake.
Speaking ahead of the first match at the weekend, Smith shared his honest thoughts on the match, as posted on Villa’s personal Twitter account.
“Everything will be as normal as possible,” Smith told AVFC. “It’s just another game. It’s a game on Saturday and then another on Tuesday. We will take each game as it comes. “We are confident without being over confident.”
Earlier on in the season, Villa recorded a 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns when Jay Rodriquez controversially scored a stoppage-time goal with his hand.
Then in February, then Albion manager Darren Moore guided his team to a 2-0 win at Villa Park, with Hal Robson-Kanu and Rodriquez the players on the scoresheet.
But Villa are a completely different outfit from the team that lost to Albion last time out and Smith will be hoping they can continue their good run of form and push for another trip to Wembley.