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Dean Smith has refused to be distracted as Aston Villa maintain their perfect start to the season

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has refused to get carried away be their impressive start to the season after their stoppage-time 1-0 win at Leicester on Sunday.

Ross Barkley’s extra-time strike in a game low on quality lifted Villa to second place and within a point of leaders Everton who have played a game more.

The win also meant that Aston Villa are the only team with a 100 per cent record in Europe:s top five leagues and is the first time since 1930-31 Villa have won their opening four league matches, when they went on to finish 2nd-place in the top-flight division.

According to Sky Sports, the manager has however said the team will not be distracted by the impressive start to the season, after escaping relegation with just a point in July.

“We take it one game at a time as always,” Smith said. 

“We never get too high when winning and never got too low last season fighting relegation. We have to stay on an even keel.

“This was a big win, I know they had some players missing but if you are off your game at any stage in the Premier League you can get a bloody nose very quickly.

“It was a very tight game, a scrappy game at times. It needed a little bit of quality to win the game and Ross certainly showed that at the end.”

Smith also revealed that on-loan Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley who scored his second goal in as many games, was a fitness doubt before the match, which is why he celebrated his goal with the team doctor on the night. 

“He’s had a bit of a knee injury so it was touch and go whether he would start,” added the Villa boss.

“He only trained on Saturday but he has done a lot of work with the doc so he’s nursed him through 90-plus minutes and a winner. I’ve certainly thanked the doc as well.”

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