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Smith: Belief is growing among Aston Villa squad

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith reckons his players are growing in belief and are starting to look like ‘one hell of a team.’

Former Brentford boss Smith took over the reigns at Villa Park from Steve Bruce back at the start of October. However, he suffered a disappointing start to his Villian’s career, losing two of his first three games, although his side have since won two on the trot to move up to 11th in the Championship table.

Aston Villa’s last victory was hugely impressive 3-0 win away to high flying Derby and Smith feels his players are believing in themselves more after recent performances.

“(Before the Derby game) there was an opportunity to draw a line in the sand, to show where we are at,” Smith told reporters.

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“We showed what we can do.

“And it shows the quality we have in the squad and if we perform like a team, as we did, we can get performances and results like we did.”

“Certainly the performances we have had have given them a lot of belief.

“There are still things we need to get better at – defending long balls down the middle for one, where they created a couple of chances in the first-half.

“But when we have a gameplan and the players follow it, we look one hell of a team.”

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