Aston Villa cut the gap at the top of the table to seven points by bagging all three points at Villa Park on Saturday night as they smashed their West Midland rivals 4-1 in the Championship’s showdown fixture.
It had been a hyped up fixture not least for the local rivalry, but also due to the Steve Bruce’s pre-match comments regarding his opposing manager’s goal celebrations as well as the club’s involvement with super agent Jorge Mendes.
Albert Adomah took the lead for the home side in the eighth minute, only for the visitors to level matters through Diogo Jota shortly after in a game which was at times, frenetic.
Then, Villa took control of the encounter and showed their dominance with goals from James Chester and loanee Lewis Grabban, who seemingly cannot stop scoring.
Birkir Bjarnason wrapped up a very satisfying night for the home side towards the end.
But it was Jack Grealish who came back into the starting line-up for the first time since injury following the Birmingham City derby back in February and took the plaudits.
And it was clear to see from the reactions of Villa fans, just how pleased they were to see their star midfielder back in action and pulling the strings in the centre of the park.
Here is a selection of Twitter reactions to Grealish:
@robweaverwm if he’s not good enough for your team how does Grealish ghost past four at a time ????????????????????♂️????????♂️????????♂️????????♂️
— Azuk (@Azuk6987) March 10, 2018
Can't wait to see Grealish with Kodjia. Hopefully be in the Prem. #avfc
— Villa Mad (@VillaMad3) March 10, 2018
Whatever happens second half the best player on the pitch is Grealish by a mile!
— Paul Smith (@SmithyAVPaul) March 10, 2018
— Andy Mills (@MrAndyMills) March 10, 2018
If anything is going to happen it’s likely to come through Grealish
— The Villan (@the_villan_) March 10, 2018
Agree, their wing backs look class as well. So threatening. Grealish playing well again
— Stevo (@Stevosamuel) March 10, 2018
This guy Neves is a good player. Him and Grealish two quality players on the pitch.
— Simon Froggatt (@FroggattSimon) March 10, 2018
Grealish is ready for the Premier League
— vízzy9 (@vizzy9) March 10, 2018
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