Aston Villa have taken control of their English Championship play-off tie against Middlesbrough after winning 1-0 in the first leg at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
Steve Bruce’s side delivered an excellent defensive smash and grab performance to go ahead in the match and not give Boro much of a sniff at the other end, inspired by players like Jack Grealish, Mile Jedinak and Alan Hutton.
Hutton was particularly impressive in dealing with the threat of Adama Traore, who was shut down completely by the 33-year-old Scot.
Despite having previously been criticised for poor performances in a Villa shirt, fans were full of praise for the full-back during and after Saturday’s match, recognising how instrumental he was in securing the result.
They’ll be hoping he can play similarly well on Tuesday night, with Tony Pulis’ side set to throw everything at the Villans in order to secure a Wembley showdown for the chance to play Premier League football next season.
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Hutton’s efforts…
All those that slag off Alan Hutton, the Scottish Cafu, just look at what he did today. Kept Adama quiet and snuffed out much of his threat. Well done Hutts. #AVFC
— Kevin Hughes (@kevinhughes348) May 12, 2018
MISSING: Adama Traore
— Aston Villa News (@AVFC_News) May 13, 2018
Alan Hutton has been with Villa for 7 years. Has any player given more for Villa in that time than him? Constantly fought back into the team, despite abuse and the bomb squad. One of our best this season. #AVFC
— Adz (@AdzW90) May 12, 2018
Does he switch to LB on Tues though..? Well done Alan, I’ve been your critic in the past.
— Riz Shiz (@Razor_Sharper) May 13, 2018
I thought he was superb. Even though his future at the club is uncertain he gave everything
— Adam (@Hathers1987) May 12, 2018
I've bashed him in the past but my god he was immense today can't fault him more of the same Tuesday please
— Ashley Buswell (@BuswellAshley) May 12, 2018
Tracked Adama all around that pitch. Adama couldn't get into the game because of our Scottish cafu.
— Josh Paul Miller (@JoshPaulMiller1) May 13, 2018
He's been great for the past season and half. He's a good player at this level.
— Bob Wymann (@SupportAVFC) May 12, 2018