Aston Villa found their form again in the English Championship on Tuesday night, ending a three game winless streak with a 3-0 victory at home to struggling Reading.
With automatic promotion all but beyond Steve Bruce’s outfit, the goal in the tail-end of the season is ensuring they bring form, confidence and momentum into the play-offs.
Birkir Bjarnason, Scott Hogan and Conor Hourihane were the goal heroes of the evening, all scoring in the second half to put the game beyond doubt after a first 45 minutes of missed chances.
Fans were delighted with the win and performance, singling out Hourihane for particular praise after his goal brought his tally for the season to double figures, an outstanding return for a midfielder.
It was the Republic of Ireland international’s first start since 17th March and fans are now calling on him to start in every match he is available for.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his performance…
I would pick Hourihane over Lansbury any day of the week #avfc
— Thetruevillain (@Truevillainavfc) April 3, 2018
Absolutely dominant. Right team selection, Bjarnason brilliant in the middle and did everything right. Shame it was only 3-0 as it could have easily been 10. This team completely outplayed us in August. Hourihane back in side made a difference #avfc
— Chris Ellis (@ellis250) April 3, 2018
Hourihane, Thor, and Jack should be set in stone as the midfield 3 every single game, the balance and fluidity is there for all to see. Why change it? #AVFC
— Jack Hurley (@Jack_Hurley_R) April 3, 2018
Hourihane. Of course. Should always always play your goalscoring central midfielder. #avfc
— Kevin Hughes (@KevHughesie) April 3, 2018
The moral of the story for Bruce last night was ‘energy’. Bikir much more mobile as sitting Mid, Hourihane great at pressing and tracking, Hogan always busy working and chasing,Adomah & Snodgrass the same. Pressing game the key and only works when everyone does it! #avfc #smother
— The Villa Decree (@TheVillaDecree) April 4, 2018
Probably the most frustrating 3-0 win ever. Dominant in possession but sometimes seemed like it was one ball too many! Some encouraging performances though – Bjarnason and Hourihane especially for me. Up the Villa #avfc
— Jack Nason (@nasonwrite) April 3, 2018
Hourihane and Bjarnason completely controlled the game today, even if it was a poor Reading.
Congratulations on 10 goals, @ConorHourihane my Irish Prince ?❤️
— Kyle (@AVHolls) April 3, 2018
That’s why you play Hourihane. Get in
— BH (@Bran_Laa) April 3, 2018
“Dropping Hourihane for Lansbury was a good idea” loooool
— James Lloyd (@LloydyAVFC) April 3, 2018