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Dean Keates adamant he has what it takes to revive Walsall

Posted Sunday, February 17, 2019 by PA7 hits

Walsall manager Dean Keates insisted he is still the right man for the job despite seeing his side fall to a 3-0 defeat at Coventry.Amadou Bakayoko and Jordy Hiwula scored against their former club before Bright Enobakhare added a second-half penalty.The defeat stretched the Saddlers’ wretched run of form to just two wins in 21 games and they now find themselves just two points off the Lea...Full Story »

Mackail-Smith back in the goals as Notts County claim valuable three points

Posted Saturday, February 16, 2019 by PA6 hits

Craig Mackail-Smith’s first goal since October reignited Notts County’s League Two survival hopes with a battling 1-0 home victory over Mansfield.The Magpies secured bragging rights over their neighbours for the first time since 2005 but remain rooted to the bottom of the Football League – despite victory over the promotion chasers.Mackail-Smith’s cracking strike bagged b...Full Story »

Harry Smith set to be back for Macclesfield

Posted Thursday, February 14, 2019 by PA7 hits

Harry Smith might be back in the Macclesfield starting line-up when they host Colchester.The striker returned as a second-half substitute during the home draw with Crewe, having missed the defeat at Mansfield with a hamstring injury.Liandro Martis made his debut from the bench against the Alex and the winger will hope to start his first match for his new club on Saturday.The same can be said of ...Full Story »

Dean Smith frustrated by officiating after Aston Villa go down at Brentford

Posted Thursday, February 14, 2019 by PA16 hits

Dean Smith lamented the “pathetic” decisions that have cost Aston Villa this season, the latest of which was a challenge on top-scorer Tammy Abraham in a 1-0 defeat to Brentford at Griffin Park.Neal Maupay struck the killer blow in stoppage time, but around 20 minutes earlier, the on-loan striker from Chelsea had the visiting faithful up in arms when he went over the challenge of Jul...Full Story »

Neal Maupay’s late winner ensures Dean Smith endures unhappy return to Brentford

Posted Thursday, February 14, 2019 by PA12 hits

Neal Maupay was the hero once again for Brentford as his curling stoppage-time winner ensured Dean Smith’s return to Griffin Park was an unhappy one.It was a deserved 1-0 victory for the Bees, who had enjoyed roughly 60 per cent possession and created a hatful of chances against a Villa side which struggled to demonstrate a cutting edge.However, the hosts’ dominance looked to be for ...Full Story »

Michael Smith injury blow for Hearts

Posted Monday, February 11, 2019 by PA20 hits

Hearts could be without Michael Smith for up to six weeks after boss Craig Levein confirmed the defender had suffered a thigh tear during the 4-0 Scottish Cup victory against Auchinleck Talbot.The Northern Ireland international will be sent for a scan on Monday to ascertain the severity of the setback, but Levein is braced for bad news.Levein said: “The big downside was Mick. He was as pro...Full Story »

Dean Smith hails fighting spirit of Villa after late comeback

Posted Saturday, February 09, 2019 by PA18 hits

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith hailed his side’s fighting spirit as they recovered from three goals down to salvage a 3-3 draw against Sheffield United at Villa Park.However, Smith was far from impressed by the officials for allowing United’s second goal, scored by hat-trick hero Billy Sharp in the 52nd minute, to stand, calling it “big momentum changer”.Smith felt Sharp was...Full Story »

Steve McClaren hails the impact of Matt Smith in QPR victory

Posted Wednesday, February 06, 2019 by PA21 hits

Steve McClaren hailed Matt Smith’s impact after the forward netted one goal and played a big part in the other as QPR beat Portsmouth 2-0 in their FA Cup fourth-round replay.It saw the Hoops progress to the fifth round of the competition for the first time in 22 years.The 29-year-old thrust himself into the spotlight six years at Oldham when his double sensationally helped dump Liverpool o...Full Story »

Nahki Wells and Matt Smith goals send QPR through

Posted Wednesday, February 06, 2019 by PA16 hits

Second-half strikes from Nahki Wells and Matt Smith proved the difference as QPR made it through to the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in 22 years with a 2-0 win at the expense of Portsmouth at Loftus Road.In a quiet first period, Darnell Furlong’s header against the bar from Luke Freeman’s centre was the pick of the chances.Extra-time looked a distinct possibility head...Full Story »

Smith rues rare Villa off day in front of goal

Posted Sunday, February 03, 2019 by PA13 hits

Head coach Dean Smith urged Aston Villa to be more clinical with their finishing after a scrappy 0-0 draw at relegation-threatened Reading.Villa began promisingly and almost snatched the lead on the half-hour mark when centre-back Tommy Elphick headed against the crossbar.New loan signing Nelson Oliveira proved to be Reading’s most potent threat and was twice denied by Villa goalkeeper Lov...Full Story »

Mansfield boss Flitcroft thinks Smith save was turning point

Posted Sunday, February 03, 2019 by PA3 hits

Manager David Flitcroft believes goalkeeper Jordan Smith’s vital save at 1-1 was the turning point in Mansfield’s hard-earned 3-1 home win over strugglers Macclesfield.Smith kept out Scott Wilson in a one-on-one in the 54th minute and three minutes later Krystian Pearce gave the Stags a lead they held onto.“The turning point in the game is the save at 1-1,” said Flitcroft...Full Story »

Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe jetting to RB Leipzig to undergo medical ahead of transfer deadline day move

Posted Thursday, January 31, 2019 by hits

Emile Smith Rowe is on a plane to Germany to seal his loan move from Arsenal to RB Leipzig EMILE SMITH ROWE is on the verge of leaving Arsenal to join RB Leipzig on loan for the rest of the season. The 18-year-old midfielder is flying to German to undergo a medical after the two clubs agreed terms on the switch. Under-17 World Cup winner Smith Rowe has been promised match action by Leipzig an...Full Story »

Steven Naismith returns to Hearts contention

Posted Saturday, January 26, 2019 by PA22 hits

Steven Naismith returns from suspension for Hearts for the visit of St Johnstone.David Vanecek will be in and around the squad despite being deemed not fit enough by manager Craig Levein after the midweek defeat to Dundee.Striker Uche Ikpeazu (foot) and Peter Haring (hernia) are both getting closer to comebacks.St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright has no fresh injury concerns for the trip to Tynecastl...Full Story »

Smith hails Villa’s character but rues defensive errors

Posted Sunday, January 20, 2019 by PA4 hits

Head coach Dean Smith highlighted his players’ strength of character as a major factor behind Aston Villa salvaging a 2-2 draw at home to Hull.The visitors had galloped into a strong position in the first half with goals from Jarrod Bowen and Evandro.But James Chester’s header just before the interval gave Villa a foothold in the match, with parity restored after 64 minutes when Tamm...Full Story »

That was rubbish – Villa boss Smith pulls no punches after heavy loss at Wigan

Posted Sunday, January 13, 2019 by PA5 hits

Dean Smith branded Aston Villa’s 3-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat at Wigan the lowest point of his managerial career.Villa were second best all over the pitch at the DW Stadium against a Wigan side that had won only one of their last 14 matches.But goals from Gary Roberts late in the first half and Michael Jacobs and Joe Garner late in the second moved Paul Cook’s men six points above...Full Story »

Smith surprised by Villa’s flat show against Swansea

Posted Sunday, January 06, 2019 by PA19 hits

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith was left bemused by the 3-0 FA Cup home defeat to Championship rivals Swansea.Courtney Baker-Richardson opened the scoring in the second minute for theSwans, with Nathan Dyer and Jay Fulton sealing their success with second-half strikes.Smith said afterwards: “I never saw this defeat coming.  It is the first game in which the lads have not shown enough...Full Story »

Henry Smith banned for Swindon clash

Posted Friday, January 04, 2019 by PA18 hits

Harry Smith will miss Macclesfield’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Swindon on Saturday due to a ban.The striker will sit out the third and final match of his suspension, having been sent off in the Boxing Day win over Notts County.Defender Callum Evans could return after ankle trouble.Midfielder Elliott Durrell remains a doubt with a knee issue, and Rhys Taylor’s hip concern will als...Full Story »

Smith says loan deal is good news for Villa, Chelsea and Abraham

Posted Wednesday, January 02, 2019 by PA37 hits

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith hopes on-loan striker Tammy Abraham stay with the club and not berecalled by parent club Chelsea.The 21-year-old scored both goals in the 2-2 home Sky Bet Championship draw against rapidly improving QPR.Commenting upon reports that Abraham wants to play Premier League football, Smith said: “Tammy has shown no inclination to go back to Chelsea.“We are ve...Full Story »

Harry Smith still suspended for Silkmen

Posted Monday, December 31, 2018 by PA37 hits

Macclesfield will again be without striker Harry Smith for their Sky Bet League Two clash with Tranmere.Smith serves the second game of a three-match ban following his sending-off in the victory over Notts County on Boxing Day.Callum Evans (ankle), Elliott Durrell (knee) and Rhys Taylor (hip) could again all be unavailable.Macclesfield suffered only their second defeat since the appointment of S...Full Story »

Dean Smith heaps praise on Aston Villa keeper Orjan Nyland

Posted Thursday, December 27, 2018 by PA34 hits

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith reserved special praise for goalkeeper Orjan Nyland after he produced a superb penalty save in a 1-0 Boxing Day victory at Swansea. Conor Hourihane scored the game’s only goal to give Villa the win which takes them to within three points of the Championship’s play-off places.But Smith had Nyland to thank as the Norwegian stopped a last-gasp Wilfried Bon...Full Story »

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