'Point to prove' - Exclusive: Alan Hutton claims 'Fiery' Villa star frustrated with Dean Smith

Alan Hutton claims that Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane has a point to prove to manager Dean Smith after being dropped for the Premier League clash against Manchester City.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa and Scotland star admitted his old teammate was a “fiery” personality and that he would not have taken too well to missing out in the 3-0 defeat.

Hourihane, who has eight appearances under his belt for the Villans this season, could continue his record of playing every minute of the club’s League Cup campaign this season in Wednesday night’s clash versus Midlands rivals Wolves.

Hutton says that the Republic of Ireland international will want to prove to his manager that he is worthy of playing regularly in the starting XI and says that the Wolves game could be his opportunity to stake a claim.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I know him, he’s a fiery character so I’m sure he wouldn’t have taken it too well. 

“He’ll have a point to prove. The thing with him is every time he does get dropped or doesn’t play, he always comes back with a goal or a good performance.

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“I think he’ll play well if he plays tonight (Wednesday). He’ll definitely up for it, he’s a quality player and he’s thrown it throughout the seasons. Now in the Premier League, he’s taken the step up and he doesn’t look out of place at all.”

Hourihane had a run of three Premier League starts from the end of September and into October, scoring once and chipping in with an assist, but was left completely unused against City on Saturday.

He has a total of 119 appearances under his belt for the Villans, the current campaign his first taste of the English top flight.

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