Date: 30th March 2019 at 6:05pm
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Aston Villa welcomed Blackburn Rovers to Villa Park earlier this afternoon for some much needed Championship action after the forced international lull this month.

Head coach Dean Smith was looking to make it five wins from five given our recent run of form, and with the Play-Off spots once again an option for us in the season of 2018/19, everyone was hoping the break worked in our favour and wouldn’t interrupt our momentum.

We largely dominated the game and deserved our two goals as Tammy Abraham and Tyrone Mings got on the scoresheet, but Blackburn did step up and make things slightly more tricky as the game came to a close and did manage to make it 2-1 – but we held out for all three points and another win that moves us up a place in the Championship table as we take fifth spot.

Speaking to the BBC following the game, Smith said of our showing.

“These players have got a newfound resilience where, even when they’re 1-0 up, they’re confident and feel like no one is going to go and score goals against them and break them down. It’s taken a mistake for Blackburn to score and that’s a credit to the players and how they’re playing at the moment. We’ve had a fabulous March and getting that win puts us in a good position and some momentum towards April and May, now.”

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