By Will Butcher
Aston Villa fans reacted with a mixed response on Twitter after Jonathan Kodjia took his Ivory Coast goal tally to three strikes from four games.
The former Bristol City striker gave his side the lead in the 27th minute with a sweet strike from the edge of the area, as the Ivorians saw off the challenge of Mali.
Kodjia, who cost the Midlands giants a Championship record £15million in the summer, scored Ivory Coast’s second as they went on win 3-1 in their 2018 World Cup qualifier.
The 26-year-old’s form for his country is in stark contrast to that of his club side. One goal in six games for Villa has coincided with the sacking of manager Roberto Di Matteo, after a dismal run of just one win in 12 league and cup encounters.
A handful of Villa fans were delighted to see Kodjia’s belting strike for his country, while others asked why he can’t produce the same kind of attacking prowess for his club.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— VillaRelated (@VillaRelated) October 8, 2016
@VillaRelated why can't Villa score like that?
— ?#AVFC4LIFE???? (@CochraneLiam) October 8, 2016
— MISS AVFC (@kirsty_woolley) October 9, 2016
— George Whitt (@_whittgeorge) October 9, 2016
— Ash Lillington (@AshLillington) October 8, 2016
Kodjia scored for Ivory Coast ??
— Aston (@KingKozak) October 8, 2016
— استون فيلا (@AVFC_Villans) October 8, 2016
One fan reacted humorously, likening his celebration to that of Cameroon legend Roger Milla’s famous corner-flag dance.
Jonathan Kodjia with that Roger Milla dance of Italian 90' world cup
— Uniport Graduate (@charlescapone4) October 8, 2016
Kodjia will be looking to change Villa’s fortunes after the international break, as club football returns with a teatime kick off against Midlands rivals Wolves on October 15.