Aston Villa are hitting form at the right time and are pushing for a late attempt to make the play-offs after a recent upturn in form.
Dean Smith’s men have won their last three in a row and are now just two points from breaking into the top-six with only a handful of games remaining.
Goals win games, but the unsung heroes in putting the ball in the back of the net are the men who set their teammates up.
Conor Hourihane has been much maligned this term when Villa were in a rut, his performances dropped, and some sections of the support dug him out as a weak link in the side.
After being left out of the starting XI here and there for a short spell, he has returned to form in recent weeks.
But what may surprise many at the club, is that the Irishman has the second-most assists in the Championship this season with ten.
— villareport (@villareport) March 14, 2019
He is just behind Said Benrahma and Pablo Hernandez who are joint-top of the charts with 11 each.
The stat left plenty of Villa fans replying to the update from the Villa Report Twitter account, and here is what some had to say after the revelation some may have overlooked…
Villa fans 2 weeks ago -“useless” and booing him off the pitch. Statistics show the has been one of the most consistent players in the league and a real asset for the team
— Tyler Hawkins (@TylerHawkins77) March 14, 2019
Stats don’t lie. Just struggles without jack
— quinedine quidane (@diquinnyonk) March 14, 2019
A few weeks ago was sarcastically applauded off.
— David B (@BowkettDavid) March 14, 2019
I'll admit I've never properly rated him but I've always given solid reasons as to why. I've been impressed recently, no doubt the return of Grealish has helped him massively. I don't go out wanting to hate some players and have an agenda like other fans I just say what I think
— James (@Shead_AV) March 14, 2019
Any those fans were cheering when he got subbed a few weeks back. Shame on you
— craig greatrex (@craggers2020) March 14, 2019
Again consistently producing people need to appreciate how good this guy is pure class!!
— Peter Lockley (@lockleyps3) March 14, 2019
“He doesn’t offer anything though” ???????????? we’ve got some right plonkers in our fan base.
— TDC_Timmins (@TDCTimmins) March 14, 2019