Dean Smith says Aston Villa will not 'sit behind ball' at West Brom
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Last Updated: 13/05/19 4:49pm
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith plans to use attack as the best form of defence when they take a slender play-off lead to West Brom on Tuesday.
Villa missed out on an immediate return to the Premier League last year when they lost the play-off final to Fulham, but are on course for a second Wembley date in two years.
Smith's side hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg of the semi-final against West Midlands rivals West Brom, but will not merely attempt to preserve their advantage at The Hawthorns.
"I won't be sat behind the ball as much as Albion were. My aim is to go and win the game. We'll be looking to score more goals," he told the club's official website.
"I said before that the tie couldn't be won in the first leg. We've given ourselves an advantage, but that's all it is. We've got to go and perform at The Hawthorns now.
"It'll be a different game. I can't see them playing how they did (at Villa Park).
"We've got to go there full of confidence. There's a lot of belief in this team, that's for sure."
Smith expects to have a full squad available. Villa's defensive unit looks virtually set in stone, but the manager faces some selection dilemmas in midfield and attack.
Conor Hourihane came off the bench to inspire the comeback on Saturday, replacing Glenn Whelan, whose mistake led to West Brom taking the lead.
Smith must also consider who lines up alongside Anwar El Ghazi and Tammy Abraham up front. Albert Adomah could keep his place but Andre Green is an alternative.