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26th Feb, 2017 | 6:00am

Paul McGrath delivers Aston Villa verdict after win v Derby

By Will Butcher

Paul McGrath has seen his pride restored as an Aston Villa fan after they ended their losing streak by beating Derby on Saturday.

Captain James Chester scored the only goal of the game against Steve McClaren’s Rams, finding the back of the net with a close-range header in the first half.

Posting on his personal Twitter account, former Villa and Ireland defender McGrath claimed Villa’s players were now showing respect to their club.

The win sees Steve Bruce’s side end a dismal run of 10 games without a win, with eight of those resulting in defeats.

Despite the win, Midlands outfit Villa remain in a lowly 17th place in the Championship, far removed their pre-season hopes of an instant return to the Premier League.

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Owner Xia has spent huge amounts of money on the likes of Jonathan Kodjia, Scott Hogan and Ross McCormack, but it has been to no avail as of yet.

Bruce will be hoping his side can use the win against Steve McClaren’s side to kickstart a return to form, as they play host to Lee Johnson’s struggling Bristol City on Tuesday night.

A win against the Robins, who secured an impressive 2-2 draw against Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Saturday, could see Villa move as high as 15th place.

In other Aston Villa news, Bruce has slammed this 25-year-old star after his actions against Derby.

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