Aston Villa returned to winning ways at the expense of Newcastle United and afterwards, Marvelous Nakamba earned rave reviews from supporters.
The Villans ran out 2-0 winners with Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traore scoring the goals against the Magpies.
Dean Smith’s team had gone three games without a victory prior to last night but were impressive against Newcastle.
Nakamba was in fine form as he came in for just his second start of the campaign.
John McGinn was missing through suspension and the Zimbabwe international stepped up with aplomb.
Nakamba has struggled for minutes this season but this performance will have given Smith some food for thought.
The 27-year-old offered a timely reminder of what he is capable of and the defensive midfielder will now hope for more minutes.
Nakamba cost Villa £11 million from Club Brugge and he ears £32,500-a-week at Villa Park.
Last night he looked good alongside Douglas Luiz and looked as though he wanted to show his boss what he is capable of.
Following the much-needed win, supporters took to Twitter to speak of their delight at Nakamba’s performance.
Here is what they were saying about the international midfielder.
Great to see you back in the team Marvelous! You looked sharp, made strictly accurate passes and had an excellent all round game. Deserve to keep your place for the next match 🇿🇼
— Alan Wilson (@VILLAlan54) January 23, 2021
Today you did wonderfully well! Love to see you moving forward in the pitch rather than backwards like the old days! It could be tactical.
— Ramesh (@RameshWP) January 24, 2021
Brilliant performance Marvelous , showed no sign of match rust at all , you and Konsa share man of the match for me . 😃💪🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Gio (@giopanelli) January 24, 2021
You were fantastic tonight !!! That’s what you need to show when you get a chance !! Very very good . The covering positions when others lost the balls stood out for me !!
— Craig Hilton (@craigy_hilton) January 23, 2021
Well played Marvelous. Biggest compliment I can offer is that we didn't miss SJM one bit tonight.
— Jim Bourne (@JimBourne5) January 23, 2021
Top class performance my guy Marve, that's what you need to do whenever you get a chance
— Tinow (@Tinow5) January 24, 2021
You were fantastic tonight! 👏 #UTV
— Lee Doran (@doranjav80) January 24, 2021
Honestly so impressed with your performance tonight. Hardly any games this season and you didn’t hide. Always showing for the ball. The best I’ve seen you in a Villa Shirt 👊🏻
— fozza (@FozzaC) January 24, 2021
Superb display from you tonight m8. Would like to see you play like that more often. Keep going and good luck on Wednesday. Well done #VTID
— Chris (@ChrisDonno82) January 24, 2021