Dean Smith will be using the extended build-up to the Aston Villa clash against Wolves to drill his players at their Bodymoor Heath headquarters.

That is the view of former Villa defender Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insisted there were both negatives and positives to take after last weekend’s game against Newcastle was postponed.

Speaking to the Express and Star, Smith revealed he had given his players time off due to the long break between games and that they had focused on addressing the “small details” of what went wrong against West Ham ahead of Saturday’s clash.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith

The Villans, whose last outing ended in a 2-1 defeat at the Irons, will have waited 12 days to get back to action after last weekend’s game was called off due to a rise of Covid-19 cases at Newcastle.

Hutton has insisted that while the squad will have been able to recover fitness-wise, they will have seen the game against the Magpies as one they could win to kick start some momentum.

Asked if the gap would have come as a welcome break for Smith and his players, Hutton told Football Insider: Yes and no. I mean it’s obviously good to recharge and recover the body and get that little bit of extra time into your legs to get back to full fitness, if you want.

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“It’s difficult playing all these kind of games so it is good but on the flip side to that, you want to get back to playing, you want to get back to winning ways as soon as possible and it was probably a game that they would have looked at and thought there’s a good chance of us winning.

“It gets that momentum going, that confidence, so I think there’s two sides of the coin but look, you’re right, he’s had longer to prepare for this game, to work on the shape, work on things that they want to do, implement their game plan against Wolves and hopefully they can come out on top.” 

Speaking about the extended break between games, Smith told the Express and Star: “What this has done is given everyone a chance to reset, reflect on what has gone on and move forward. Now it is about preparing the training sessions and getting tailored for those games coming up.

“We did the debrief on West Ham and talked about the small details which would have helped us with the goals we would have conceded. At the end of the day we let in two disappointing goals. We have talked about those small details and how we get them right.”

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