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Aston Villa boss Smith delighted with Martinez debut: Clean sheet and penalty save!

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith was delighted with goalkeeper Emi Martinez for his clean sheet in victory over Sheffield United.

Ezri Konsa's goal was enough for the 1-0 win but Villa's success wars largely down to Martinez's super stop to deny John Lundstram's penalty just before half-time.

"He didn't have an awful lot to do," Smith said of his classy Argentinian. "His distribution is really good. He's calm, assured. He's got a really good personality.

"To keep a clean sheet and to save a penalty in your first game... I've not seen it back, it looked harsh at the time.

"He's had to go and make a good save and he's done that."

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