Aston Villa had actually just won two times in the 14 games Grealish had missed out on through injury

Conor Hourihane well-known ‘probably the very best player’ in the Champion as captain Jack Grealish influenced Aston Villa to the perfect success ahead of the derby with Birmingham City.

Aston Villa may be 6 points off the play-offs but if they perform like this in Sunday’s Second City clash now that Grealish is back and firing then momentum will be theirs.

Grealish, after 3 months out with a shin injury, is because of play at St Andrew’s for the very first time as Aston Villa safeguard their 14-year unbeaten league run versus their fiercest rivals over a remarkable 13 meetings.

Conor Hourihane acclaimed Jack Grealish ‘probably the very best player’ in the Championship

The Aston Villa playmaker was the star of the show versus Derby and scored a superb volley

Hourihane himself got better from being jeered off by home fans in the recent derby defeat by West Bromwich Albion to score twice in the 45-minute four-goal demolition of another of the Midlands’ prospective promo competitors.

‘ Now we’re all heroes again,’ the flexible midfielder said with a smile. ‘It’s all part and parcel of football.’

Grealish capitalised on Derby County’s diffident form to run a program that peaked with his absurd 20-yard volley into the top corner straight after Glenn Whelan’s corner in first-half stoppage time.

Vacation home had actually only won twice in the 14 video games Grealish missed but they produced an exciting screen as Derby was up to a fourth straight defeat. ‘

Hourihane was a driving force in the component for the Villians and bagged a brace in the match

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Jack’s a great gamer, probably the very best player in the league on his day,’ Hourihane stated. ‘He’s got wonderful quality. Coming back today possibly gave the lads a bit of a lift and a buzz. With that quality, any team is going to enhance.

‘ We need to be constant now. There’s 11 video games to go now so we require to put a run together now to attempt and get into that leading six.’

Grealish’s inventive pass allowed Hourihane to open the scoring and, after Tammy Abraham transformed his 21st objective of the season, the Irishman tapped house prior to Grealish’s howitzer.

Hourihane now has six goals and nine helps in the league this season, something he was quick to Tweet out when his tally was underrepresented on official social media. ‘You’ve got to get these things right,’ he stated.

Derby are just 3 points adrift of the play-off zone as they enter a crucial house run. ‘We have a game coming on Tuesday versus Wigan Athletic at Pride Park,’ Frank Lampard said. ‘We have four house games on the trot so it is entirely in our hands.’