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Smith was always thinking on Premier League promotion

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The Aston Villa manager has explained how he always thought they could finish top two to get promoted directly to the English top-flight.

Aston Villa defeated Derby County 2-1 in the English Championship Playoffs Final.

And after the match, manager Dean Smith spoke to the club’s official website on how he felt.

“I’m sat here having just won a Play-Off Final to become a Premier League manager,” he said.

“It’s a little bit surreal.”

“But no more than these lads deserved and this football club deserved, too,” he added.

“When I took over, I thought we could finish top two.”

He explained: “We started very well and unfortunately we had some injuries to key players. Jack Grealish and Axel Tuanzebe to name two.”

“We had a difficult period in January and February. We drew too many during those winter months.”

“We got players back and then made history by winning 10 on the spin. That helped us get here today,” he added.

“We got over the line which is what those players deserved.”

Now he’s happy of the team’s future, as “the potential for the football club is massive.”

“I have been asked how it feels right now? I think it feels right.”

“It feels right that Aston Villa are in the Premier League,” Smith continued.

“I think the history of the football, the size of the football club, the fanbase it has, I believe it is a Premier League club.”

“It’s not me speaking with a supporter’s head on. It’s just the history tells you that,” he concluded.