Aston Villa came from behind to seize the early initiative in their Championship play-off semi-final against West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon, and after the final whistle their fans took to social media to react to the man who came off the bench to inspire the comeback.

The Villans went into the tie with many judges expecting them to get the better of their rivals over the two legs and secure their place in the final at Wembley for the second season in a row, but it didn’t all go completely to plan in the opening 90 minutes of the tie.

Villa were being outthought tactically by West Brom in the opening periods of the match up, and when Dwight Gayle capitalised on a mistake from the home side, it looked like it could be a long afternoon for the Villa faithful.

The match stayed that way until the second half when Villans boss Dean Smith brought on Conor Hourihane, and it was he who lashed home an equaliser from the edge of the box to send their fans wild.

They were at fever pitch moments later when Kieran Gibbs brought down Jack Grealish in the box, giving Tammy Abraham the chance to convert from the spot and give Villa an important lead, heading into the second leg of the tie at The Hawthorns on Tuesday evening.

The introduction of Hourihane had a massive effect on the tie, and could be the difference between the Villans making it back to Wembley or not.

The Villa fans were well aware of the contribution the Republic of Ireland international made in the contest, and he was the centre of their thoughts when they flooded onto social media after the match, expressing their relief at the win and their desire to see the game changer start the second leg.

Here are some of their messages:


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here