By Amir Mir
Jonathan Kodjia missed a penalty and scored a goal as Aston Villa beat QPR 1-0 at Loftus Road on Sunday afternoon – and fans on Twitter were delighted with his display.
The 27-year-old, who had his penalty saved by R’s keeper Alex Smithies in the first-half, redeemed himself after the break when his low strike secured all three points for Steve Bruce’s side.
The promotion expert made six changes to the starting XI that lost 1-0 in midweek to Norwich and the players responded in emphatic fashion.
Fans on Social Media were in particular impressed with Kodjia who led the Villa front line brilliantly as he scored his first away goal since October.
One supporter stated how Villa will miss the Ivory Coast international during the middle of January and start of February when he represents his home country in the African Cup of Nations.
He has scored eight goals for Villa this term, including helping Bruce secure six wins in 11 Championship games since his arrival in mid-October.
Along with Kodjia fans also singled out defensive duo James Chester and Nathan Baker, who helped their side keep a much-needed clean sheet.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Kodjia is gonna be madly missed at AFCON #avfc
— Stefan (@EvansOfficial97) December 18, 2016
Average performance, though much better in 2nd half. Kodjia, Baker, Chester and Jedi so important. Amavi, Bacuna and Bunn good! #avfc
— Christer (@Chrsmo) December 18, 2016
Kodjia and Baker stand out performers today #avfc
— Steve Humphries (@forgotaboutste) December 18, 2016
Get in Villa! Missed Reading and QPR and we win them both! Baker and Chester solid at the back again, fairplay to Kodjia aswell #AVFC
— Jason Price (@PriceyNumber1) December 18, 2016
Kodjia's explosive lightning quick reactions, and close control are different class. Could become a Villa legend if he sticks around. #avfc
— Jonathan Parker (@Corscombe_Villa) December 18, 2016
— Mark Williams (@MarkAvfcrule) December 18, 2016
give credit where it's due. Mark Bunn did well. Bacuna,miles out of position, had a good game, Jed cleaned up and Kodjia didnt give up #avfc
— Richard Griffiths (@Griffwad83) December 18, 2016
Kodjia has made 17 league appearances for Villa this season following his big money move from Bristol City in the summer. He has found the net on eight occasions.
Bruce’s side are now 13th in the table on 31 points from 22 games, six points behind Sheffield Wednesday who occupy the final play-off spot.
The Midlands side host Burton Albion on Boxing Day, before taking on Leeds at Villa Park three days later.
In other Aston Villa news, this summer signing is becoming a hindrance on the team following their win at QPR.