Aston Villa won a valuable three points in their race for promotion and got one over on their bitter rivals with a 2-0 win against Birmingham on Sunday.
And fans were left first disappointed by the performance of Conor Hourihan and then elated after a late wonder goal from him the sealed the victory.
Albert Adomah put Villa in the lead before Hourihane added the second in the 81st minute.
It was a stunning strike from 20 yards but it came after a poor display from the 27-year-old midfielder.
However, the goal was enough for redemption in the eyes of the fans, with his display really being a game of two halves.
Here is a selection of the best reactions from Aston Villa fans from his first-half performance. If you’d rather celebrate his wonder striker, flick through to the end!
— johnny d 🦁 (@JohnJpd65) February 11, 2018
I agree the comments about Hourihane. Not there today. Wonder if Thor can step into that role? Not sure about Onomah still. #AVFC
— Withe’sWhiskers (@JedinaksBeard) February 11, 2018
I hate to keep banging on about Hourihane mate but your bang on, been poor for a few games for me now. Let's hope he makes us eat our words second half.
— Roger. W (@RW43avfc) February 11, 2018
Hourihane always struggles in these high intensity games. Just not quick enough, strong enough
— mc (@m0nkeyb0yI978) February 11, 2018
Jedi MOTM so far, id say Hourihane is having a bit of a mare at the minute and Hutton needs to offer the overlap to help Adomah out.
— Ant (@ThatAnt_) February 11, 2018
For me Hourihane is bit of a weak link. He's an honest grafter. But lacks just a little bit in just about every department. Not fast enough, not strong enough, not technical enough, you get the idea. We need an upgrade there.
— Peter Stempel (@PeterStempel) February 11, 2018
And here are the reactions from delighted Villa fans after his wonder strike:
Hourihane's goal was a little bit of alright! #avfc
— Lyndsey Gibbs (@LyndseyAVFC) February 11, 2018
Hourihane can definitely be an impact player off the bench for us in this upcoming campaign – especially with bangers like that in his locker
Wanna see more of him xx
— Alex (@alexdunnesf) February 11, 2018
— Phil Smith (@PhilSmith1976) February 11, 2018
Omg what a goal Hourihane! Come on Villa!! #AstonVilla
— Hayley Morey (@Hayles0506) February 11, 2018
In other Aston Villa news, this Villa regular is said to be heading towards the exit door.
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