Dean Smith: “Our finishing was very good.”

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Aston Villa manager Dean Smith hailed his side’s killer-instinct in front of goal as Villa ‘ran riot’ in a 6-1 rout of Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road on Tuesday evening.

Irishman Conor Hourihane grabbed a first-half brace, whilst Ezri Konsa, Keinan Davis, Frederic Guilbert and Jack Grealish also got in on the act in a new-look Aston Villa side as Smith made ten changes from Friday’s 2-0 win over Everton.

Smith told the Express and Star after the win: “Our finishing was very good. I didn’t think our general performance as that good at times. 

“Crewe are a really good, bright young team. But goals change games and 6-1 is a really good result for us. We got a lot of minutes into lads who needed it.”

The ten changes that Smith made following Friday evening’s win over Everton included debuts for Konsa, Marvelous Nakamba and Matt Targett, the latter suffering a hamstring injury in the only negative of the night for the Villa boss. 

“He felt his hamstring so we got him off as quick as we could. It will probably keep him out as a week or two though it is not as damaging as it could have been,” said Smith. 

“We have a proud history in this competition and we wanted to go into the game tonight making sure our attitude was right because they are a bright team.

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