Aston Villa are continuing their preparations for our next Championship clash this weekend as we face former gaffer Steve Bruce and his new Sheffield Wednesday side.
Wednesday are in fine form, unbeaten since Bruce took charge officially of the Owls back on January’s deadline day, but we’re not too choppy ourselves five wins on the spin in recent times.
It’ll be an interesting game that’s for sure.
Speaking to the Official Site this week as Smith previewed our trip to Hillsborough on Saturday, he admitted it was an exciting time now we’d got ourselves back into the Play-Off mix.
“I’m feeling a bit of everything when it comes to emotions. I’m certainly focused. I’m focused on the next game and then the one after that and then the one after that, as you have to be. But I’m certainly excited too. When you get 39,000 fans in to watch you it’s fantastic. The noise levels were superb on Saturday. The support was fantastic at the weekend.”
He also explained that he simply wanted the players to enjoy themselves on the pitch during the run in.
“I want the players to be relaxed when they go out and play football. I want them to go out and enjoy their football. I feel that players want to play the brand we’re trying to play. The training sessions have been intense, they’ve been tough but they’ve been enjoyable at the same time. I feel the lads walk off the training pitch knowing they’ve got something out of it. I feel they have learnt something and that’s important because every human being wants to come out of their workplace and feel like they have learnt. I feel we are certainly pushing the players. The only thing that can stop us is ourselves really. If we’re right every game, we will be absolutely fine. We need to keep it going.”
Confidence will certainly be high given our current run of form, and we now as long as we turn up we’ll have more than enough to take all three points from Wednesday and I imagine a few players will have their own point to make on the day given how Brucie’s time with us unfortunately ended.
Despite the end to his time with, I also hope the travelling fans give him a good send off given everything he was dealing with during his time at Villa Park.