Aston Villa kicked off their new journey under boss Dean Smith today with a win against fellow ex-Premier League side Swansea City.
Tammy Abraham was the man to open the scoring with a goal in the 8th minute, which later proved to be the decider in a fairly equal contest.
Although the game could be brushed off as fairly uneventful – at least on paper – given its low score, we think there’s enough reason for fans to be extremely pleased with what they witnessed today. And, with so many shots exchanged in the game (26 in total), it wouldn’t be outlandish to suggest that the entertainment factor is slowly making its way back to the club.
One of the standout performers in the game was Egyptian full-back Ahmed Elmohamady, who boost his league assist total up to 4.
Opinions on the industrious defender are mixed, but there was no complaining about his efforts against Swansea.
Here are some of the reactions posted online…
Think that was a good win. Good pressing game, crisp passing, high tempo. Chester and Axel mostly very good, McGinn MOM. Tammy took his goal well, but wasteful. Elmo with his fourth assist. Birkir very useful in that DM role. delighted by the start! #utv #avfc
— Chrsmo (@Chrsmo) October 20, 2018
Elmo been great. Shouldn't have criticised him #AVFC
— Dean Smith: STILL unbeaten at Villa Park (@dvtavfc) October 20, 2018
I initially named my account this as a joke but in all honesty Elmo has been one of our best players this season. I’m impressed so far. #avfc
— UnrealElmo (@ElmoUnreal) October 20, 2018
Smith was vindicated in his choice of Elmo and Adomah on the wings. Both know their role and put a real shift in despite not carrying much threat. Kodjia and Bolasie were lazy tarts and need to fix up! #avfc
— Harry (@HarryWR19) October 20, 2018
Another assist from Elmo already????
— Matty (@VillaMatt91) October 20, 2018
There’s Elmo with an assist. Can’t see anyone moaning now…
— Joe (@Theotopia) October 20, 2018
Another Elmo assist and people will still moan about him
— James Lloyd (@LloydyAVFC) October 20, 2018
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