Dean Smith spoke to the press on Thursday as we prepare to welcome Bournemouth to Villa Park this weekend
Read and watch his media conference in full below.
On being back at Villa Park…
I’m excited – it’s a full house.
We have 30,000 Season Ticket Holders and another 8,000 on the waiting list.
We’ve captured the imagination of Villa supporters and we need to make sure Villa Park is big for us this season.
It needs to be a tough place for people to come, like last season.
The players are used to sell-outs and we have to go and perform.
On the Tottenham opener…
I reflected as I always do and I was happy with the first half.
We passed it well and their centre-backs were on the ball a lot – which was one of our plans.
We often beat their press and created chances. Unfortunately we only took one.
Trez had a few chances and we had a penalty shout, but it felt after an hour that every time we won the ball back we gave it straight back to them.
There was an awful lot of pressure from then on and unfortunately we conceded.
On Eddie Howe…
We’ve gone head-to-head before in League One.
I know Eddie Howe well and have an awful lot of respect for him. What he’s done at Bournemouth is remarkable.
I remember them as a League Two team. They’re an example for small clubs out there.
They’re a well-coached team and he rightly gets a lot of plaudits for what he’s done there.
It’ll be a challenge for us. No game in this league is easy.
We have to go and perform.
On Tyrone Mings playing against his former club…
He’s quite level headed.
He knew he needed to get out and play football, which he did for us last season.
We enjoyed having him and he enjoyed being here.
We took the chance to sign him, when Eddie said he didn’t really want him to leave.
He knows he has to go and perform for his team-mates.
On Mings and international links…
We’re not blessed with too many left-footed centre-backs in England. I’ve got two, in Tyrone and Kourtney Hause.
Tyrone catches the eye. He’s good on the ball, is good in the air and is athletic.
He’s a real talent. The more he plays, the more he’ll come into people’s minds, including the England coaching staff.
On Jonathan Kodjia speculation…
We don’t welcome offers.
Jonathan’s happy here and we’re happy with him.
We look forward to the Premier League season together.
We don’t expect anymore outgoings.