JOHN McGINN scored again as Aston Villa overcame Middlesbrough 3-0 to claim sixth place in the Championship.

The Scotland international midfielder, who is in Alex McLeish’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Kazakhstan on Thursday and San Marino three days later, netted his third goal in two games after his double in the 3-1 midweek win at Martin O’Neill’s Nottingham Forest.

But the Midlands team’s gaffer Dean Smith is still demanding MORE from McGinn and his team-mates.

He said: “It was a really good, positive performance against a good team with good players.

“They were very difficult to break down in the first 15 minutes and were a threat on the counter, but we finally got our rewards.

“We kept pushing and my only gripe is that we didn’t score more because I thought we were really good.

“Now we have just got to keep doing what we’re doing. It’s nice to go into the international break with four wins on the spin.”

First-half goals from ex-Hibs star McGinn and Anwar El Ghazi put the home side in control and Albert Adomah claimed the third with just a minute to go.

The defeat was Boro’s third in a row and Head Coach Tony Pulis said: “They were three goals that were unlike us to concede. We haven’t given goals away like that away from home.

“There has been a flatness around the club since the defeat against Preston on Wednesday and for the first 20 minutes we still looked like there was a hangover – we didn’t get going at all.

“I’m really disappointed. Villa have had five shots on goal and scored three goals.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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