Conor Hourihane believes Aston Villa are a stronger team than the one who lost to West Brom earlier in the season, ahead of the Championship play-off semi-final between the two clubs.
West Brom won 2-0 at Villa Park in February, with first-half goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Jay Rodriguez enough for the three points, but a lot has changed over the past few months.
The defeat to the Baggies motivated Villa to go on a twelve-match unbeaten run in the Championship, which saw them set a club record of ten consecutive victories and cement their position in the top six.
Villa will face West Brom again in the Championship play-off semi-finals, with the first leg taking place at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.
Hourihane is expecting a tough game in the play-offs, but has warned the Baggies that Villa are a much stronger side than the one who lost to them earlier in the campaign.
“West Brom are a good side and we have not beaten them this season yet,” said Hourihane, as quoted by club’s official website.
“We are a different team to the one which lost here now. We play some very good stuff and have some good players in our team.
“We feel we are a strong starting XI and bench. There are people fighting for places, left right and centre. Everyone is being kept on their toes. That only brings a good mentality to the side and we are different proposition now.”
Hourihane has been an influential player for Villa this season, scoring seven goals and providing twelve assists for his teammates in 43 Championship appearances.
Villa have been outstanding in the Championship over recent weeks and will go into the play-offs full of confidence.
They look a much stronger team than the one who lost at home to West Brom earlier in the season, but it will still be a very difficult game for them over two legs.