Aston Villa supporters were left delighted on Tuesday night as the club snatched all three points against Watford at Villa Park.
Second-half goals from Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings cancelled out Troy Deeney’s strike for the Hornets, and the result has lifted Villa out of the relegation zone.
It was a hugely important result for the Midlands club, against a resurgent side who had been unbeaten in their last seven matches.
Speaking afterwards, a pleased Dean Smith said (BBC Sport): “I thought it was a good performance. We dominated the first half and were unfortunate to go a goal down as they scored with their first attack.”
Lots of eyes were on Pepe Reina, who was making his debut for the club and return to Premier League action.
But one man who really caught the eye for the hosts was full-back Matt Targett, who was featuring as a left wing-back with Smith opting to utilise three central defenders.
The £11.5 million summer signing from Southampton (Express & Star) had a great second-half in particular, and really impressed going forwards and, arguably, he looks better suited to the position than as a standard left-back.
Perhaps his final ball needs improving slightly, but the signs were there that Villa could have a top player on their hands.
Villa fans react
Targett definitely made a big impression against Watford, with several Villa supporters suggesting it was his best display since joining the club:
Best of season 3-5-2 suits him better IMO more freedom to go forward 👊🏾
— carlton roberts (@carlton5385) 21 January 2020
LWB suits him! Thought the second half of brighton and today is the reason why deano spent that money on him.
— The General Draper (@DraperGeneral) 21 January 2020
Probably his best game
— Gusto-180⭐⭐⭐ (@Geoffwi83973001) 21 January 2020
Decent outlet, hopefully can be more effective with a better target in Samatta in the box.
— Scott (@CaptainScott87) 22 January 2020
So good going forward
— Will (@Wiil23_) 21 January 2020
He was excellent tonight, full of energy and getting stuck in with tackles plus couple of shots at goal. Need to see that from him every week!
— Kieran Woodruff (@k1eranw) 21 January 2020
Much improved, if we can get him crossing more consistently he will be a player!
— Quinn Carr (@qc1874) 22 January 2020
He has had some stick this season but Matt Targett was excellent tonight 👍
— Brett Griffiths (@X7JBG) 21 January 2020
Matt Targett was very good wasn’t he? #avfc
— Foxy (@FoxyN77) 21 January 2020
I’ll hold my hands up, I slated him for most the first half but Matt Targett proved me wrong tonight. #AVFC
— Emmett🇮🇪🇿🇼 (@EmmettAVFC) 21 January 2020
Nakamba and Targett best games in a villa shirt
— avfcjames18 (@James74636443) 21 January 2020
Prob not everyones opinion but I think Targett had his best game in a Villa shirt tonight #AVFC
— Amy (@amym_84) 21 January 2020