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


Aston Villa boss Dean Smith declared staying up felt better than promotion last season after securing survival with a 1-1 draw at West Ham. Jack Grealish took centre stage as Villa, promoted via the play-offs during the last campaign, escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth. An emotional Smith, who lost his Villa-supporting father Ron to coronavirus during the enforced break, said his team's survival "feels better than getting promoted."

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