Back-to-back wins for a Jack Grealish-inspired Aston Villa has brought a wave of positivity back to B6. Can they extend recent results into a long winning run? That surely is the goal now for Dean Smith’s men, as they look to resurrect the season from the death.
On the Pitch Justice
As soon as the Blues scumbag struck Jack Grealish, there was only one narrative Villans wanted to see – Captain Jack scoring the winner. Villa needed the three points to keep their season alive, but the extra impetus added to the nerves of the occasion.
The moral subplot became as important as the football significance of victory, so when it came, the celebration was two-fold.
It’ll be a memorable derby for the drama and on-field justice and furthermore, it could be a huge moment in the Jack Grealish story, if he remains at Villa for seasons to come.
Grealish’s reaction immediately after the assault and then knuckling down to his game and bagging the winner, was first rate. At 23-years-old his compose was class.
It maybe a sweeping generalisation, but I think most players his age would have retaliated and there’s not many wouldn’t blame them. Some of the Villa players were certainly in the motion of delivering some payback for their teammate, but were stopped by other members of the team, notably Tyrone Mings.
Dean Smith gave Grealish the armband because he reacts well to increased exception and responsibility, and he hasn’t left his gaffer or club down yet.
As well as tempering an ugly situation, which really could have kicked off after what the Blues ‘supporter’ did, Mings was immense at the back and made sure the team held onto their narrow lead to win 1-0.
We may only see Mings play until the end of the season in a Villa shirt, but if Dean Smith and his men can perform a miracle, the club will know the first thing they have to do in the summer.
Can We Mention the ‘P’ term?
Play-offs? It’s one game at a time territory, but if Villa can beat play-off contender Nottingham Forest to move above them, then suddenly the season is unexpectedly alive again.
It certainly looks like this season you want need as much as the 75 points Derby got last season to finish sixth.
Two clean sheets on the trot. Worth a mention, as the defense has been the Achilles heel for Dean Smith. It seems that Mings alongside an improving Kortney Hause, protected by a newly inspired Glenn Whelan, has made Villa harder to break down.
With Axel Tuanzebe back in training, Villa could also have an important defensive reinforcement back and ready to go after the international break.
If Villa can just get a couple more decent results before the break, then the run-in could be an exciting one.