‘Tired’Abra­ham will be fine for Bag­gies crunch

Birmingham Post - - SPORT -

BOSS Dean Smith has ex­plained why he sub­sti­tuted top scorer Tammy Abra­ham to­wards the end of Villa’s vic­tory at Mid­dles­brough.

Abra­ham was re­placed by Scott Ho­gan in the 82nd minute and the head coach re­vealed the striker had a slight knock and tired­ness.

But the man­ager re­as­sured Villa fans it was noth­ing too se­ri­ous as at­ten­tion turns to Fri­day’s derby show­down with Al­bion at The Hawthorns.

“We have had three games in six days,” said Smith. “He has scored six goals in that as well! He was tired and it just shows the qual­ity we have that Scott Ho­gan could come on, run at them and set up the third goal as well.”

Smith also took the op­por­tu­nity to rest John McGinn for the clos­ing stages of the game with the Scot­land in­ter­na­tional only re­cently over­com­ing a calf in­jury.

Glenn Whe­lan went on for the fi­nal eight min­utes and rounded off the scor­ing with the third goal. James Ch­ester had bro­ken the dead­lock in the first half.

Villa’s re­cent in­jury list has been an ex­ten­sive one, so much so that academy pair Cal­lum O’Hare and Jake Doyle-Hayes made the bench against Not­ting­ham For­est, while teenager Do­minic Re­van was an un­used sub­sti­tute at Mid­dles­brough.

Mile Je­d­i­nak was also hur­ried back to the bench at Boro.

> Dean Smith

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