‘It takes something special. It was a special performance’: Dean Smith left bursting with pride at his Aston Villa players after Ollie Watkins inspires demolition job of champions Liverpool
Ollie Watkins scored his first Premier League hat-trick in the rout and Smith, who saw his side survive on the final day last season, admits even in his dreams he had never predicted a win so comprehensively.
‘It has to rank at the top to get a performance and a result like that against an exceptional team,’ Smith said.
‘It takes something special. It was a special performance from the players tonight.
‘I’m extremely proud. We executed the game plan to perfection. It wasn’t just the game plan but the work rate, work ethic.
‘If you get outworked by Liverpool you get beat. They’re an exceptional pressing team. Very, very proud of every single one of them.’
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