Aston Villa produced a fine performance to secure a fully deserved three points against Nottingham Forest yesterday with the winning goal coming from Scott Hogan.
Steve Bruce’s men controlled large parts of the game and rarely looked troubled after Hogan’s opener in the first half.
And, another pleasing aspect was the performance of Icelandic international Birkir Bjarnason. The midfielder replaced Glenn Whelan at the break and looked assured in the middle of the park.
He used the ball well and allowed Villa to dictate the tempo, ensuring Forest couldn’t get any momentum going in the game.
Bjarnason has seriously struggled at Villa since arriving from Basel and has regularly been linked with a move away. In fairness to the 29-year old he has been used in various positions including left-back and left-midfield.
However, after the positive performance yesterday many Villa fans took to twitter to praise the his showing in central-midfield…
Birkir Bjarnason absolutely bossed that second half playing DM. Top stuff ???? #avfc
— villareport (@villareport) January 13, 2018
More mobile than Jedinak and Whelan too. He put in his best performance for us yesterday! #utv
— Steve (@sevo21) January 14, 2018
Not his biggest fan but he was very good second half. Deserves great credit.
— Paul Brookes (@Brookesy1986) January 13, 2018
Played well, but was it a transfer window performance?!
— KURT BODEN (@bradfordquiqley) January 13, 2018
Class. Best position by far. Reads the game really well and mops up anything loose and plays it simple. Really like him there.
— The Villa Vision ???? (@TheVillaVision) January 13, 2018
Very comfortable in that role. Better than whelan. Great reading of the game
— Mike Jacobs (@mikejacobs685) January 13, 2018
Birkir Bjarnason was absolutely unreal yesterday
— MB (@mattyavfc_) January 14, 2018
Birkir Bjarnason bossed the midfield in the second half today for #AVFC
– 6/7 duels won
– 4/4 aerial duels
– 2/2 tackles
– 10 ball recoveries
– 75% passing
Our ???? from ???????? pic.twitter.com/gC8B2NZNaO
— Jack Grimse (@JackGrimse) January 13, 2018
I've been critical but I thought he was excellent tonight.
— Will Davies (@wilsterdavies1) January 13, 2018