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Emotional Dean Smith says Aston Villa surviving Premier League 'feels better than promotion'

Published on July 26, 2020 - Duration: 01:31s

Emotional Dean Smith says Aston Villa surviving Premier League 'feels better than promotion'

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith declared staying up felt better than promotionlast season after securing survival with a 1-1 draw at West Ham.

Jack Grealishtook centre stage as Villa, promoted via the play-offs during the lastcampaign, escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth.

An emotional Smith,who lost his Villa-supporting father Ron to coronavirus during the enforcedbreak, said his team's survival "feels better than getting promoted."

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Dean Smith (footballer, born 1971)

Footballer, football manager

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