Aston Villa recorded a fine 3-0 win against fellow promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough last night, sparking hope that they might be a serious challenger for a top six spot.
After the madness of their 5-5 draw in midweek, it must have been refreshing for fans to see a clean sheet and a confident defensive display. Opponents Boro are usually the side in control at the back, with their keeper Darren Randolph rarely making an error.
On the other hand, Aston Villa keeper Orjan Nyland has come in for criticism all season, with a general feeling from the terraces being they’ll replace him in the transfer window. That might be so, but the clean sheet yesterday has finally seen some praise on social media for the Norwegian.
Some of it was begrudging, but his performance was noted and commented on. He made a terrific save at 2-0, keeping Villa in the game and credit where it is due, they finally found some positive things to write about.
Here’s a selection of their comments on Twitter.
None of the indecisiveness that has affected Chester’s last 2 #avfc performances, was on show tonight. Nyland wasn’t overly worked, couple of crosses escaped him but pulled off a brilliant save from Hugill at 0-2. Defensive unit vastly improved in such a short space of time.
— Lee Inman (@LeeInman4) December 1, 2018
On the whole, Nyland has been poor! Yes he has made a few very good saves but that doesn’t make up for all of the easy ones he has got wrong! I’d rather him get the easy ones right than the odd worldly!
— Scott Drew (@sdrew_89) December 1, 2018
Boro must have been bad …. they made nyland look safe and secure !(well, apart from the one dropped cross but we wont mention that!!)
— nrf1@avfc (@tytheevillan) December 1, 2018
Defence better tonight but I am happy nyland kept clean sheet but I think in Jan we get someone on loan just my opinion, but let's enjoy result #utv
— Timmy Herlihy (@herlihy_timmy) December 1, 2018
Must say wonderful save by nyland today tipping onto the bar ill give him that #avfc
— tonksy (@dicktonksy) December 1, 2018
Right here, right now. We play with what we have. Team performance tonight was superb, including Nyland. Bottom team, every time. Soon to be the top team.
— Simon Morgan (@punkmarx) December 1, 2018
Ive knocked nyland but that touch onto the bar was crucial
— martin murrihy (@muzzavilla) December 1, 2018