Smith hails clinical Villa
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith lauded his side as they won 3-0 at Middlesbrough. “We played very well and started on the front foot,” he said after goals from James Chester, Tammy Abraham and Glenn Whelan. “We wanted to play the game in their half. They found it difficult to break us down.” Villa are just three points off the play-offs and Middlesbrough four adrift of the top two.