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Aston Villa fans on Twitter have been lauding awesome Conor Hourihane

Aston Villa fans on Twitter have been lauding awesome Conor Hourihane - Aston Villa

Aston Villa put themselves one foot into a Wembley play-off final yesterday when they overcame West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Villa Park. It wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for the brilliance of Conor Hourihane, though, as the Irishman rifled the Villains level in the 75th minute with a thunderbolt from the edge of the box t start a turnaround.

The Villa midfield man wasn’t given a start for the playoff clash as Dean Smith opted to go for a midfield trio of Jack Grealish, John McGinn and Glenn Whelan, but he made the change in the second half to swap Whelan out for Hourihane and what an impact he made. That first goal, a stunner from Hourihane’s magic left-peg, was the first of two goals that the Villains scored in four minutes, turning the tie on its head.

Those two quick-fire goals, followed shortly by a Dwight Gayle red card, have given West Brom one hell of a job to do at The Hawthorns on Tuesday night. There won’t be many people backing a Baggies turnaround in the tie, and should Villa hold out and make it through to Wembley, the fans will be desperate to get 90 minutes of the ever-impressive Hourihane and not just the 25 he got yesterday.

You can read the Villains’ verdict on Hourihane’s goal and his impact on the game here:

The Villains will be desperate for Hourihane to pull something similar out of the bag against West Brom in the week and then at Wembley for the playoff final, and you wouldn’t put it past him.


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