Aston Villa began their first Premier League campaign in three seasons with defeat at the hands of Tottenham in north London last Saturday as the Champions League runners-up came out on top with a 3-1 win.
John McGinn had opened the scoring for the visitors and Villa held firm for the best part of an hour before a trio of goals put to bed a dream start for Dean Smith’s men.
Summer arrival Tanguy Ndombele scored a long-range strike before Harry Kane’s quick-fire brace wrapped things up in the final four minutes.
The following morning after the match, Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane dug out a tweet from five years ago which had previously doubted his potential, ironically from one member of the Villa fanbase…
Hi Craig, remember this tweet back in 2014… I always remember it to this day. Ironically your a Villa fan who I made my debut with! Never tell anyone they can’t achieve something ?? @CraigTa90961607 pic.twitter.com/smCgi0VSlO
— Conor Hourihane (@ConorHourihane) August 11, 2019
Hourihane has worked his way up from League Two and Plymouth Argyle to the Premier League with Aston Villa via a spell at Barnsley in League One and the Championship.
The tweet sparked quite the reaction from much of the Villa Park fanbase.
One supporter lauded the 28-year-old, stating that his goals and assists got the club back to where they belong and after Saturday, he could say he stood up to one of the best in the country.
A further fan praised his top attitude and personality, telling him not to listen to any doubters whilst one added that he was class in the first half against Spurs.
Here’s the best of the reaction:
Proud to have you at the mighty Villa Conor. A consistent performer. You give it your all every match. Your goal against West Brom in the play off semi will live long in my memory! As will the clipped through ball to create the goal at Wembley!
— Ted Sparrey (@TedSparrey) August 12, 2019
Your goals and assists got us back to where we and you belong. You stood up to one of the best midfields in the country yesterday ??
— Michael king (@Michael2king) August 11, 2019
Well done Connor. Love having your top attitude and personality at #AVFC. Keep working hard and let’s push towards success together. Don’t listen to doubters. Always believe.
— SimsAVFC (@AvfcSims) August 11, 2019
As if he called you “kid” embarrassing this clown is associated to villa . Good on you mate ??
— j (@leig9981) August 11, 2019
You were class in the first half mate but shame about the result in the end. I’ve always been a believer, keep it up Conor
— Ryan¹⁰ (@Ryxn_AVFC) August 11, 2019
As if I needed a reason to love you more ?? You’re one of the main reasons we are a premier league team again. That goal v Baggies when we badly needed it and the countless other times too. Congrats on all you’ve achieved. Living our dream, certainly my dream. Up the rebels!
— Declan Pierce (@DecPierce) August 11, 2019
A pure idiot.
Congrats Conor, you fully deserve it ! And you know that we freaking love you !
— Aston Villa France (@astonvillafr) August 11, 2019
You were very good and assured yesterday Conor ???
— The AVFC Faithful ? (@AVFCFaithful_) August 11, 2019