Aston Villa didn’t kick off their Premier League return in winning fashion but there were plenty of positives to take from the game.
Beginning your first top-flight campaign in three seasons against the Champions League runners-up, Tottenham Hotspur was never going to be an easy task.
Villa took the lead and looked competent for large periods of the game but it was a mistake from club captain Jack Grealish, who was caught on the ball close to his own box, that cost the Villans a goal.
Following the match, he tweeted his thoughts:
— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish1) August 11, 2019
A number of Villa supporters reacted by throwing their weight behind the 23-year-old and the team.
One fan said it was because of him that the club are in the Premier League playing Champions League opposition rather than playing a team of Luton Town’s calibre whilst another added that it was a brilliant effort to keep them at bay for 75 minutes.
Others asked the midfielder to prove people wrong with one supporter claiming that it was a learning curve, using the old cliche that Rome wasn’t built in a day in comparison to Villa’s ambitions.
Here’s the best of the reaction…
Head up Jack. If it wasn’t for you we would have been playing someone like Luton away instead of the Champions league finalists. Let’s get something against Bournemouth and build from there.
— Captain Jack. (@10Grealish) August 11, 2019
Don’t underestimate what we came away with, pride intact, passion and the whole of the fan base behind you all. You got this, WE have got this #UTV
— rebekkah (@bekkah_r) August 11, 2019
Pulled the strings first half… forever my hero. Onto the next one! Love you. ?
— AVFC (@ktvilla92) August 11, 2019
Theyre all mocking you jack prove them all wrong
— Camo (@adamcavfc1987) August 11, 2019
Jackie boy don’t be down bab you did great spurs man city an Liverpool 3 hardest away games all season an you had em stunned for 70+ minutes on to VP next Holt End awaits you ? UTV,SOTC?
— jon cunniffe? (@CunniffeJon) August 11, 2019
You the man! You’ll always have my support UTV
— Steve (@Steve16898640) August 11, 2019
We are getting better and better – to be leading the European Cup runners up for 75 minutes is a brilliant effort. Keep going, keep believing, and never be dettered by those set out to cut you down!#avfc #utv #PartOfThePride #Villa #AstonVilla
— Jon Hayes (@jonboy_avfc) August 11, 2019
It’s all a learning curve Jack. Rome wasn’t built in a day. This rebuild is for the long term, we learn from the negative, celebrate the positive and move on. Bournemouth won’t be easy but are there for the taking at VP. We’re all 100% behind you &the boys. Chin up, fight on.#utv
— Helen Highwater (@_D0UBLE_H) August 11, 2019