Aston Villa picked up their seventh league victory in a row on Sunday, defeating city rivals Birmingham 2-0 at Villa Park.
It was a deserved win for Steve Bruce’s side and the three points means they move up into second position in the English Championship table, well placed to win automatic promotion with just 15 games remaining before the end of the season.
Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane were the goal heroes and while they won plaudits from supporters, it was Villa’s dynamic midfield display that really caught the eyes of fans.
Jack Grealish was superb throughout, bringing the game to their derby opponents, while Mile Jedinak produced a strong, disciplined performance to deny the visitors any joy in the final third.
Jedinak has appeared in less than half of Villa’s games this season but the decision by Bruce to bring him into the side was a tactical masterstroke.
Fans agreed, praising both their manager and the performance of the Australian on social media…
Big Mike Jedinak was incredible today… did he miss a single header? Huge influence in big games #avfc
— Joel Cox (@JoelSCox) February 11, 2018
— Jonny W (@AVFC_VIEW) February 11, 2018
— Our AVFC (@ouravfc) February 11, 2018
If anyone ever doubts the importance of a fit Jedinak tell them to rewatch todays game, can"t remember him losing a header or any duel for that matter #avfc
— Dean Caffrey (@ElDeano_96) February 11, 2018
Superb and brave decision by Bruce to play Jedinak over Bjarnason. The latter has been great but struggled aerially against Burton and Jedi just snuffed out Gallagher superbly. #avfc
— Villa Views (@ViewsVilla) February 11, 2018
Well @danbardell called it. Bruce did call Big Mile Jedinak back in to the first team. And he was a rock winning all those headers. Yes BB had been playin well but it was 100% the right call. Great win. #avfc
— Victor (@vicramsey85) February 11, 2018
Jedinak. Remarkable. #avfc
— julian dyer (@julzdyer) February 11, 2018
Different class from villa today. Grealish unplayable. Jedinak won everything. Hourihane quality and Scott hogan must of ran 15 miles. On the March. #avfc
— tom lees (@tomlees07) February 11, 2018
— Danny O'Donnell (@odonnelld95) February 11, 2018
— imran Ⓜ (@M7RNI) February 11, 2018
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