After conceding five goals in the week against Nottingham Forest, no one was going to want to keep a clean sheet more than Orjan Nyland at Villa. The Norwegian shot-stopper has had a shaky start to life in the Championship, shipping 26 goals in his first 18 outings, but after he keeping his 5th clean sheet yesterday, the fans believe he could be about to turn a corner.
— Ørjan H. Nyland (@OrjanHNyland1) 1 December 2018
Nyland looked assured and dominant between the sticks at The Riverside Stadium yesterday and with the score at 2-0 to Villa he produced a smart stop, tipping the ball onto the bar to deny Boro a route back into the game, only for Glenn Whelan to go up the other end and grab one more for the visitors to round off a brilliant performance with a 3-0 win and a clean sheet for the Nyland.
It was one of those games where things went right from start to finish. The Villains loved seeing their side win a tough away game and a lot of that is down to the way Dean Smith has got them playing. However, the ex-Brentford man is yet to have a transfer window at Villa Park and has had to make do with what he’s got. What he’s been putting in the water at Villa Park is obviously working, though, as Nyland, and others, have improved a lot this season and they’re starting to look like a side that can make a promotion push.
You can read The Villains’ verdict on Nyland here:
Mate after a difficult mid week result. Clean sheet was fantastic today.
— Clunkclick (@photogromd) December 1, 2018
Well played son. Keep believing. #utv
— Lord Castle of Aston (@LeightonCastle) 1 December 2018
— World Football chat (@BillyWhiz) December 1, 2018
Well done Ørjan you did #AVFC proud tonight
— Julie B (@Julie_Bayley_) 1 December 2018
Top save today, keep going Orjan.
— The Villa Wiki (@AVFCWiki) December 1, 2018
You were class today, keep the confidence and good performances up mate!
— Jamie Stewart (@jastewart06) 1 December 2018
Top save at 2-0 you’re getting sticknso hopefully this keeps some of them quiet! Well done. Solid kicking distribution as well
— Tim lane (@timlane90) December 1, 2018
The Villa Park faithful would love to see Nyland get some form and will hope he can be up to his best over the hectic festive period.