It has been a good week for Aston Villa, who after a brief slump in form, are right back in the race for promotion in the Sky Bet Championship, having recorded back-to-back victories over Middlesbrough and Bristol City.
Last night’s 5-0 hammering of Bristol City was a major statement to the rest of the Championship, with Villa producing one of the season’s standout performances to sweep aside their top-six rivals.
Robert Snodgrass was on hand to fire in two goals for Villa, with the Scottish winger continuing his fine goalscoring form, which has coincided with Villa’s resurge.
The 30-year-old bundled home a parried shot during the first-half, before he was then on hand in the second to convert after good work from Jack Grealish – who like Snodgrass was exceptional.
Following Snodgrass’ improved contribution in recent weeks, he is beginning to win the Villa faithful over, with the winger receiving plenty of praise following his heroics against Bristol City.
Here is some reaction…
— PAUL RAYBOULD (@PJR1981) January 1, 2018
After a few poor performances from Snodgrass he has turned it around and was excellent today, Jack Grealish by far and away the best player on the pitch could be instrumental in our promotion attempts #AVFC #UTV
— avfc (@Villa_review) January 1, 2018
Grealish & Snodgrass will rightfully get praised for their creativity but their desire & work rate for the team was equally as good #avfc
— DOMINIC HUNT (@domhunt73) January 1, 2018
Snodgrass on a different level today, scintillating at times.
That performance really showed what this group are capable of! #AVFC
— Rob Milne (@Robathon_) January 1, 2018
Some great individual performances as well – Grealish and Snodgrass especially, tore Bristol apart; on fire today – if only we could play like that all the time then there would be no need for the ‘mass hysteria.’ Two big wins has put us back in the promotion race! ???????? #AVFC
— Dale Parkes (@dale_villain) January 1, 2018
Best I think we have played as a collective for years. Best performance by Snodgrass in a Villa shirt, and Grealish showing he is capable of running a game. #AVFC
— Karl Bolton (@KarlB89) January 1, 2018
Hogan's goal was good, lovely work from Albert. Jedinak looked solid in midfield and Hourihane got forward well. Snodgrass took his goals well and worked well, especially going forward with Elmo. #AVFC
— John Leavy (@JohnRLeavy) January 1, 2018
Make no apologies for wanting and expecting more from the #avfc manager and players. Snodgrass has provided what I’d expect him to in the last two game, in there to make a difference going forward. Bruce’s faith in him rewarded, keep it going.
— Lee Inman (@LeeInman4) January 1, 2018