Robert Snodgrass stars as Aston Villa push themselves into playoff reckoning

A few weeks ago, some quarters of Villa Park were calling for change after another underwhelming start to a season in the Championship, manager Steve Bruce this time the lightening rod after tasting victory just once during the first seven league games of the campaign.

But during the period since, Villa have undergone a mini-revival; the Midlands outfit have now won three consecutive Championship fixtures and produced arguably their most convincing performance of the season thus far against Burton last night, keeping a clean sheet while hammering in four goals at the other end.

And loan signing Robert Snodgrass, who Transfermarkt value at £6.3million, was very much the star of the show, supplying Albert Adomah for the second goal of the evening with a delicious through ball before getting on the scoresheet himself shortly after – driving a half-volley through a crowd of defenders and past Stephen Bywater.

But what will perhaps impress Villa fans most is how Snodgrass, by all accounts a Premier League standard winger, contributed defensively as well, completing two tackles and even making four clearances. Plenty of top-flight players on loan in the second tier struggle to find the right motivation, but Snodgrass clearly has the industry and the attitude to be a success at Villa Park.

In any case, far from the nightmare scenarios being hypothesised a few weeks ago, the Villans are now just two points away from a playoff spot. Especially amid such a confidence-boosting run, they’ll fancy their chances of breaking into the top six when they host bottom-place Bolton Wanderers this Saturday.