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Smith admits Aston Villa ‘needed to win’ after Bolton victory

Despite not being overly impressed with his side’s performance, Aston Villa boss Dean Smith was happy his side secured a much needed 2-0 victory over Bolton at Villa Park last night.

The Villians took an early lead when talented attacker Jack Grealish finished cooly in the fourth minute before centre-back James Chester scored with a header just before the hour mark to seal the win for the home side.

It was only Villa’s fifth win in 15 Championship games and the fact that defender Chester was voted MOTM showed that it was far from an easy nights work for the Midlands club against Phil Parkinson’s struggling Bolton side.

“We needed to win. Our performances the last two games were better than I thought it was tonight. I thought we were average at times,” Smith told Sky Sports.

“We gave away a couple of big chances and it’s something we have to get better at. We have great games coming up, the players live for them games, I’ve had a receptive group that went to get better and they’ll look forward to the next games.”

Villa move up to 13th in the table after last nights win and will face Frank Lampard’s in form Derby side next weekend.

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