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Dean Smith heaps praise on Ollie Watkins

Sat 26 December 2020 | 22:13

Ollie Watkins was single out for praise by Aston Villa manager Dean Smith after a comprehensive victory against Crystal Palace despite playing most of the match with ten men.


opened the scoring within five minutes before


was sent off after picking up two bookings in quick succession.



remained in control of the match and ran out comfortable winners as



El Ghazi

struck in the second half.


was working tirelessly and involved in all three goals as well as hitting a post late on.

Boss Smith said of the big-money signing from Brentford: “

I wanted the Christmas present of a good performance and I certainly got that and a good result as well


“Our counter-attacking threat was there for all to see. We created numerous opportunities. Unfortunately, Tyrone gets sent off but I said at half-time there was nobody better to lead the line with 10 men than Ollie Watkins and I thought he was outstanding.

“The only thing missing was a goal. All the lads are very appreciative of the work he’s doing. He deserved more today than three assists.”

source: SportMob