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Ahmed Elmohamady full of confidence ahead of West Brom clash

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’s said that he is very confident ahead of his side’s game against West Brom in the second leg of the playoffs semifinals.

The Villains came out on top in the first leg thanks to strikes from Conor Hourihane and Tammy Abraham.

Egypt international Ahmed Elmohamady who played the full game was satisfied with his side’s performance and believes they can recreate this form in the second leg.

“It was a good second half, I think we played well overall especially after they scored. I think it was a mistake and then we had to get on with it. Everyone was playing good,” Elmohamady told Aston Villa TV.

“It was frustrating sometimes because they [West Brom] sat back and waited for the counter-attack but we just needed to be patient on the ball and move it around. And that’s what happened in the second-half, with some changes as well, we moved the ball quicker and we got in their final third quicker, which allowed us to cross in from deep and shooting from outside the box.

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“We also put more pressure on them and we won the ball quicker and Jack got a penalty and overall we were the better team,”

The hosts were 1-0 down until the 75th minute before Conor Hourihane took a powerful shot from outside the penalty area and scored the equalizer.

“The confidence didn’t go away at all, the lads talked to each other in half-time. Everyone had a lot of confidence and patience, we just needed to be patient with the ball and that’s what happened in the second-half.

“Even the manager was so confident that we were going to score one, two and three goals as well. After their player got sent off we put more pressure and should’ve scored the third but we will take the 2-1 lead and we will go there and we’re looking to win the game at their place as well,” he added.

Ahmed Elmohamady

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“We all know what Conor is all about, he’s very good with the ball, he can shoot from distance and set pieces as well. When he came on he did very well and got his reward with a great strike from outside the box and I think that’s what we needed in the first-half a little bit.

“We’ll go there and play our game like we did in every away games. We have to go there and play our game and be confident.”

Aston Villa have now put one foot in the playoffs final, but they will have a tough second leg on Tuesday May 14. The winner of this clash will face the winner between Leeds United and Derby County.

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