Aston Villa fans laud unlikely hero Orjan Nyland after penalty heroics
Orjan Nyland made a late penalty save to ensure Aston Villa beat Swansea City on Boxing Day.
Aston Villa led the game 1-0 through a Conor Hourihane goal but the hosts were handed a late penalty when Anwar El Ghazi tripped Nathan Dyer in the box.
Wilfried Bony stepped up to salvage a point for Swansea but Nyland produced a superb stop to keep his clean sheet.
The late spot kick save meant that Aston Villa bounced back from last weekend’s disappointing loss against Leeds United and moved to within three points of the play-offs.
Nyland has come in for a lot of criticism this season with a string of errors costing Aston Villa in some matches.
But the Norway international endeared himself to fans by capping a fine display with an impressive penalty save.
Rather than costing points, Nyland proved that he can also be a match winner.
With Lovre Kalinic – Croatia’s number one goalkeeper – arriving on January 1st, Nyland faces a battle to keep his spot in the side.
But the 28-year-old’s performance would have boosted his chances of retaining the starting spot.
Here are some things that Aston Villa fans said about Nyland’s display.
Absolutely delighted for you! Up the Villa 🙌🏽
— Declan Pierce (@DecPierce) December 26, 2018
Well played, And great pen save late on
— Jason Burstow (@Beeb40) December 26, 2018
Mate, I know you've had some tough games, and needed time to settle in, but these last few games have seen you grow as a class keeper. Keep at it, keep the faith, we are in it together. Oh, and THANK YOU for 3 great points at Swansea. #vtid
— Look who's talking (@tpc5001) December 27, 2018
Keep up the Good Work.. You are doing really well considering all the upheaval in the Team…
ITS YOUR GOALKEEPING SHIRT TO KEEP OR LOSE MATE.. excellent Pen save to give us All 3 points UTV
— JohnoAV🦁😷 (@exm59) December 26, 2018
Brilliant today Ørjan, keep it up and challenge the new keeper
— AVFCchats 🦁 (@AVFCchats) December 26, 2018
Fair play dude, that’s two points you’ve got back for us from the ones you’ve lost us. Keep it up!
— Steve Hampton (@stevehamptonAV) December 26, 2018