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Aston Villa boss Smith ‘aiming for top two’ after Birmingham win

Aston Villa moved up to eighth in the Championship after sealing a dramatic 4-2 home victory over Birmingham in the second city derby.

Smith took over the reins at Villa Park after Steve Bruce was sacked in early October, with the Villains closer to the bottom of the table than the top.

However, the former Brentford boss has always reiterated that a club the size of Villa should be chasing automatic promotion and the 47-year-old is hoping his sides third win in a row can act as a springboard to continue to move up the Championship table.

“I always see these games as opportunities and I think the players are now too. We have played some good football at times and look a threat but we just need to tidy up a little,” Smith told Sky Sports.

“Our aim is to get into the top two, that was it at the start and where we are now.

“We’ve won three games on the spin and this group of players know how to win as they did it enough times last season. We just have to keep that belief going.

“Under Steve (Bruce) Villa were good here, not many teams won here, and hopefully that can continue.

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