Some Aston Villa fans have heaped praise on defender Kortney Hause after a solid display against Norwich City.
The £3 million permanent summer signing (BBC Sport) was starting his third consecutive game in the absence of Tyrone Mings.
Alongside Ezri Konsa and in front of goalkeeper Tom Heaton, Hause was determined to shut out the Canaries at Villa Park, and was key in the home side taking all three points in a 1-0 victory.
After losing to Southampton, it was vital for Villa to get back to winning ways.
The result keeps them 18th, but they are now just one point behind West Ham United, whose rotten form continued with a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.
It was a great afternoon for Hause who, according to Aston Villa’s official Twitter, made nine clearances, won all eight of his aerial duels and made three tackles.
He’s well and truly got the ball rolling for his season now after having to be patient in the beginning.
Dean Smith’s faith in Mings until his injury had been unwavering, and the manager has elected to cycle mainly between Konsa and Bjorn Engels as the England international’s partner.
But Hause has definitely now given him something to think about.
Villa fans react
Lots of Villa supporters moved to praise Hause on Twitter after the game:
Well done Kortney. Lesson for all squade players to bide their time and grab their chance when it comes ?
— Foxy (@FoxyN77) 26 December 2019
Best defensive display of the season
— James Lloyd (@LloydyAVFC) 26 December 2019
Start him with Ming’s when he’s fit
— OliHAVFC ? (@OHampson16) 26 December 2019
Absolutely brilliant today!!
— Sam ? (@Sammy78avfc) 26 December 2019
This lad has taken his chance. Fair play to him. Keep it up Kortney ??
— Rick??? (@Rick1874) 26 December 2019
Exceptional today Kortney, faultless performance! Keep it up.
— Adam ??? (@AdzW90) 26 December 2019
Motm in my opinion didn’t do a thing wrong
— Bradley (@Bradley__69) 26 December 2019
Chap is a beast. Had a great game.
— Dec Glynn (@GlynnDec) 26 December 2019
— Stevie Green (@StevieGreenXI) 26 December 2019
Monster today ?
— Greg (@gregpeck19) 26 December 2019
— Jack Morris (@AVJACK5) 26 December 2019
Much better than Mings.
— Alex H.N.Gilbert (@AlexHNGilbert) 26 December 2019
— Papito ? (@Jem_Mills) 26 December 2019