By Will Butcher
Midfielder Gary Gardner has revealed his delight on Twitter after Aston Villa secured their first away win since August 2015.
Jordan Ayew scored a late penalty for Steve Bruce’s new side to earn a 2-1 win at Reading’s Madjeski Stadium, after £15million striker Jonathan Kodjia opened the scoring.
Gardner, who played the full 90 minutes on Tuesday night, revealed on his personal Twitter account that Villa’s fans were the secret to their away win.
— Gary Gardner (@22Gards) October 19, 2016
Gardner played alongside Australian stalwart Mile Jedinak in Villa’s midfield, helping the Midlands giants secure only their second win of the season.
His combative work ethic as well as an array of intricate passing gave Villa a solid presence in the middle of the park, which helped end Jaap Stam’s unbeaten Championship home record as Reading manager.
Villa’s number 22 has found game time difficult to come by this season, with the likes of Jedinak, Aaron Tshibola and Ashley Westwood all vying for a place in the side.
The Solihull-born star has featured in just seven of Villa’s 13 Championship fixtures this season, starting just four of those.
Villa’s second win of the season lifts Bruce’s side to 17th in the Championship table, three points clear of the relegation zone.
Former Hull City manager Bruce will be looking to continue his unbeaten start to life as Villa manager on Saturday, as they play host to Fulham at Villa Park.
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