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By Danny Wright

Aston Villa legend Paul McGrath has heaped praise on his former side for the way they performed in the 2-0 win against Preston on Wednesday night.

First-half goals from James Chester and Robert Snodgrass at Deepdale gave the Villains the three points they needed to move up to fifth in the Championship standings, above Middlesbrough, Leeds and Derby.

Steve Bruce had been under pressure to continue the forward momentum with his side after dropping several points in local derbies against Wolves and Birmingham, but responded well at Preston in what was an emphatic display.

McGrath, 57, took to his personal Twitter account after the game to wax lyrical about the performance of the Aston Villa side, saying that they have now set the level that they are expected to play at every week.

He said: “So proud of Aston Villa v Preston tonight, each and every player did their part, this sets the standard. Another clean sheet.”

Up next for Aston Villa is a home clash against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday before they go on a two week hiatus for the international break when they will return to action at Loftus Road against QPR.

Villa struggled for results in October, winning just one of their three league encounters as a defeat to Wolves and a draw with bitter rivals Birmingham set them back in their bid for promotion.

However it now seems that their effort to go up to the Premier League is firmly back on track.

In other Aston Villa news, fans on Twitter destroyed Bruce for his team selection ahead of the win against Preston, with many taking issue with the omission of this 28-year-old.

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