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Aston Villa fans hail Conor Hourihane after match-winning performance

Whilst with it only being the mid-way stage of the season, Aston Villa’s clash against a fellow newly-promoted side in Norwich certainly felt like a huge game in terms of importance. Both sides started the game in the relegation zone, with the Canaries rooted to the bottom of the table. A win for the away side at Villa Park on Boxing Day would have brought them on level terms with Dean Smith’s men.

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And having fallen to a 3-1 defeat at home to Southampton, Villa may have been fearing another potentially damaging result in the Premier League. But with the scores locked level at 0-0 well in to the second-half, Conor Hourihane came off the bench to strike the match-winner and grab the all-important three points.

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And after seeing the 28-year-old’s display, fans of the Midlands side flooded to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the midfielder, with a few hailing how he delivers when they need him the most.

A couple of fans insisted that Hourihane deserves a lot more praise, with one supporter in particular claiming that it is “mad” that some people may not rate him as much.

A few supporters declared that he represents a far better option than his teammate, Marvelous Nakamba, and urged the manager to give him a start.

If Smith is looking for a man to bring him a goal from midfield now that John McGinn is out injured, he can do a lot worse than turning to Hourihane. The 28-year-old has already struck six times in 15 games across all competitions, and after scoring the decisive goal against Norwich, will be fancying his chances of nailing down a position in the first-team for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, these are the two issues that Dean Smith must prioritise in the January transfer window.

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