Dean Smith has insisted that his Aston Villa side face a very tough task when they take on Derby in the Championship tomorrow.
Smith only took charge of the club following the sacking of former manager Steve Bruce at the start of October, and has found wins hard to come by.
The former Brentford coach knows that securing three points will be even more difficult this weekend.
”It’ll be a tough challenge.’’ Smith told his pre-match press conference.
”I’ve already been there with Brentford this year and they were very destructive after going behind.
”It showed how good some of their players are, but there’s also going to be opportunities for us to exploit their weaknesses.
”Frank Lampard has done well so far. He went in and realised what he needed and has some good loan players to supplement the experienced ones they had already.
”They certainly play with a lot of energy and have had a good start.
”I fully respect what they’re doing but I’m in no way fearful of them. We’ve got some good players of our own who’ll look forward to facing Derby.”
Villa won their opening game under Smith against Swansea but have struggled since.
Smith has opened up about the high pressing style he wants his side to adopt whilst he’s in charge but knows the power of Derby will make that difficult this weekend.
Derby host Villa in a 3pm kick off tomorrow.