By Alex Taylor

Apostolos Vellios scored a wonder goal for Nottingham Forest against Aston Villa on Sunday – and Twitter paid tribute to the emphatic strike.

Vellios, 24, picked the ball up in space 25 yards from goal and with one touch smashed the ball into the top-right corner of the Villa net.

The goal put Forest 1-0 up in the fixture but quickfire strikes from Ross McCormack and Rudy Gestede gave the Villans a lead until late in the game.

Roberto Di Matteo’s side couldn’t hold as Henri Lansbury stole in on the 87th minute to level the scores at 2-2.

Fans took to social media to praise the Forest striker with one supporter even claiming he’ll head down to the ground to get a picture with the star.

Here is a collection of the messages on Twitter:

The result leaves Villa in 17th place in the table after six Championship games this season having already been beaten by Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City and Luton.

Di Matteo will be hoping for a swift change of fortunes at Villa Park and will know he will need to start winning games if his side are to stand any chance of securing a return to the Premier League.

In other Aston Villa news, Jordan Ayew finished as Ghana’s top scorer with three goals as he helped the country qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations.