Aston Villa picked up yet another magnificent three points at the weekend, with the West Midlands side looking more like promotion contenders as weeks go by.
Dean Smith’s men were bound to be full of confidence after a huge win against bitter rivals Birmingham City last weekend and a fabulous victory against Nottingham Forest in midweek, with their chances of a play-off finish starting to blossom.
Fellow promotion contenders Middlesbrough were the visitors to Villa Park on Saturday afternoon, however the Villans eased past Tony Pulis’ men by three goals to nil thanks to strikes from John McGinn, Anwar El Ghazi and Albert Adomah.
For the first time under the management of Smith, Villa are now up into the top six on goal difference, on the back after an impressive run of form – and the onus is certainly on them to sustain their place in the play-off spots.
Here, we take a look at three reasons why Villa will cement their place in the top six after comfortably beating Middlesbrough at the weekend…
They have real momentum
Villa have been on a very impressive run of form of late, and will be full of confidence going into the business end of the campaign.
They have proved that they can stand up and perform against the promotion chasers, especially away from home as at Villa Park, which will bode them well for the remainder of the campaign.
They still have some very winnable games left to play
You’ve got to fancy Villa’s chances over the next few weeks.
They face a Blackburn Rovers side that hardly have anything to play for at Villa Park next week, and then travel to the likes of Rotherham and Bolton too.
Dean Smith will surely be licking his lips at these run of games.
They now have a consistent line-up
The Villans have flourished since the return of Jack Grealish and the emergence of Hause and Mings, and they look a completely different outfit to the start of the season.
Under Steve Bruce and the early stages of Smith’s tenure, they could hardly field a regular back-line, but now you know what team they are likely to play each week.
This consistency and squad unity can only help them going forward.