Dean Smith can seal Villa's playoff final place by making big call on 6 ft 2 ace - opinion

Glenn Whelan has been a consistent and reliable figure in recent months for Aston Villa. So for the Irish international to allow Dwight Gayle in to score last weekend was hugely uncharacteristic.

The midfielder failed to control the ball from a pass towards him and then West Brom’s prolific frontman did the rest, rifling an arrow of a shot into the back of the net. It gave Villa the worst possible start to their play-off hopes.

Dean Smith’s side ultimately went onto win the first leg but...

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