By Danny Wright
Aston Villa fans took to social media on Saturday to sing the praises of James Chester for playing a vital role in ending their 10 game winless run.
Chester scored the decisive goal in the 1-0 victory over Derby but also played a part in keeping the visiting attackers quiet to help his side keep a vital clean sheet.
The 28-year-old put in a man of the match display at Villa Park but possibly should have scored more than one goal.
Accorinding to WhoScored, no player had more shots at goal (3) than the Welsh centre-back and he hit the target more than any other player on the pitch with his efforts (2). No other Villa player managed to test Scott Carson in the Derby goal.
His defensive performance was equally impressive.
The former West Bromwich Albion man made more clearances than any player on the pitch (16) and only his defensive partner Nathan Baker managed to block more shots than him (2).
Villa supporters took to Twitter to praise Chester for his brilliant outing and here is a selection of their tweets:
James Chester back at his best today also, really hope we keep hold of him but being as we're not going up, I kinda doubt it. #AVFC
— The Holte (@TheHolteTweets) February 25, 2017
Huge win for #AVFC today. Chester was magnificent, Hutton & Lansbury also did well. Johnstone better too. Bruce also fired himself up. UTV!
— Kezz AVFC (@KezzAVFC) February 25, 2017
Well earned goal for Chester ???????? great player and captain ???????????????? #avfc
— jαnєчσ (@janeyo_jane) February 25, 2017
Glad it was James Chester who won us that game our best buy by far.
— Terry Jones (@Hagar6628Terry) February 25, 2017
James Chester, fantastic.
— 7500 To Holte (@7500toHolte) February 25, 2017
I also should have said Chester was very good for #AVFC!
— Neil H (@1969madhatter) February 25, 2017
Chester outstanding, even credit to my favourite Alan Hutton who played a good game. Performance still very poor tho #avfc
— Richard Tuite (@richardatuite) February 25, 2017
Huge result. Not much threat but we dug in. Chester was awesome, Hutton was also very very good. That tackle 1st half. ???????? #AVFC
— Si (@Si_AVFC) February 25, 2017
Chester’s goal was his first since switching allegiances in the West Midlands last summer.
He moved from the Hawthorns for an undisclosed fee but it was believed to be more than the £8million paid for him by Albion when they bought him from Hull.
In other Aston Villa news, fans were not happy with one player during their win.