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Conor Hourihane proved some doubters wrong in Aston Villa win over Derby

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Conor Hourihane proved some doubters wrong in Aston Villa win over Derby

Aston Villa were in stunning form on Saturday when they humbled Derby County 4-0 in the Championship at home.

Dean Smith’s side scored four goals in the first-half to highlight their superiority and Jack Grealish was on fire on his return to the first team, as he got on the scoresheet.

Centre-forward Tammy Abraham got a routine goal too, but midfielder Conor Hourihane arguably stole the headlines for his brace.

Hourihane netted twice to take his tally up to six goals in all competitions this campaign to go along with his nine assists.

The 28-year-old has had to deal with some major criticism at times from supporters, who have felt he lacks star power in the midfield and that he can be laboured.

 

But he was everywhere in the win over West Brom and popped up with two goals to prove his worth to the team.

Hourihane is certainly technically capable of coming up with big moments and would be a serious player if he found some consistency.

Smith has stood by the Republic of Ireland international since his arrival at Villa Park and it definitely paid off at the weekend.

Hourihane is at his best when he’s driving forward offensively and that is something supporters are longing to see more of on a regular basis.

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