Since the restart of Premier League Villa has been struggling to get the much-needed win but they couldn’t get it and the majority of the supporters have only one demand from their coach i.e play Samatta and Davies upfront together.
Despite this wish from many of the fans, Smith is stuck with his trusted 4-3-3 system and he has an explanation for this.
He said, “People keep talking about playing two up front but it’s very difficult to play two up front and keep Jack Grealish on the pitch.”
“Jack’s one of our talisman so we worked a situation (at Newcastle) where Jack could play in behind Keinan and Ally.”
“You have to be careful because there’s a big shift for the midfielders then. Their out ball will always be the full-backs.”
“It’s funny, you put two up front and you go from back to front too quickly. I still thought we needed to go through our midfielders and, once we did that, we were much more of a threat.”
“What we’ve got to do is convert our chances. The confidence hasn’t diminished. The dressing room’s a tight dressing room.”
On asking whether derby against Wolves mean more to him since he is a Villa fan, he said.
“I’m not a Villa fan. I’m the Villa manager at the moment. I try to lose that tag. I’m now the Villa head coach looking to win games to keep us in the Premier League.”
“I was coming up against Nuno with Brentford in the Championship. Now, seeing what they’re doing in the Premier League is inspiring.”
“They’ve done a fantastic job competing on all fronts, even in Europe this season. They have a realistic aim of being a top-six team now. They’ve done a fantastic job and credit must go to all of them.”