Conor Hourihane has revealed Aston Villa players took notice of Fulham’s exuberant celebrations at progressing to the Championship play-off final and decided to temper their own as ‘there’s more business to be done.’
Fulham reacted to reaching Wembley for the first time since 1975 with delirious dressing room scenes, which were posted online by the club’s official Twitter feed.
Villa were joyous at getting to within 90 minutes of the Premier League but were markedly more reserved.
Conor Hourihane has claimed Aston Villa will not celebrate until they have won promotion
‘They celebrated like they won the league or something like that,’ said Hourihane, the Villa midfielder. ‘That’s been mentioned, don’t worry.
‘We had calm celebrations, everyone was just in the dressing room high-fiving each other. There was nothing major going on in the dressing room at all because there’s more business to be done.
Hourihane claimed the Fulham players celebrated ‘like they had won the league’ on Monday
Villa were markedly more reserved in their celebrations of reaching the play-off final
‘The fans are obviously going to enjoy it, they’re looking forward to a good Wembley day out, no doubt. But like I say, we’ve got our business heads on.’
Hourihane said Villa would revel in entering the May 26 match as underdogs.
‘Fulham are a good side, they finished ahead of us in the league, deservedly so,’ he said. ‘They might be slight favourites going into it, but all the best to them if they fancy themselves more than us because we’ll be ready for it, that’s for sure.’
Hourihane believes there is still ‘more business to be done’ before Villa can celebrate