Aston Villa picked up another big win on Wednesday evening when they won 3-1 away to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, to do their play-off hopes no harm at all, and after the match their supporters focused on a key man.
The Villans eventually saw off Martin O’Neill’s men, but the night did not start off too well for Dean Smith’s charges as they fell behind in just the third minute, when Jack Colback but the home side ahead.
They were not in front for long though, as the rest of the opening period became the John McGinn show, as Villa turned the match on its head.
The Scotland international had been out of action for the Villans recently, having had to serve a suspension, but after a good cameo appearance in the second city derby on Sunday, he made an even better impact at the City Ground.
He levelled the scores when he scored Villa’s equaliser, and then he had them in front on 15 minutes when he fired home to send the away fans bonkers.
The Villans then confirmed the three points, which moves them to within two points of the final play-off place, when Kortney Hause put them 3-1 up on the hour mark.
The visitors ran the clock out pretty comfortably for what felt like a huge win given their early deficit, and means they are in striking distance of the top six.
The plaudits all came for Villa midfielder McGinn after the match. His two goals were the catalyst in the turnaround, but he was more than just those strikes.
He was industrious throughout the contest as he had a point to prove, and show what the Villans missed when he was on the sidelines.
His performance certainly impressed the Villans’ faithful, many of whom took to social media to comment on how good he was.
Here are some of their messages:
"Weeeeeeeeeee've got McGinn….Super John McGinn…..We just don't think you understand!" #avfc
— Daniel Ciampa (@DR_Ciampa) March 13, 2019
Comfortable in the end @OfficialTM_3 @Kortney_30 look real solid at the back confidence is growing and showing too!! WE’VE GOT MCGINN, SUPER JOHN MCGINN @jmcginn7 @AVFCOfficial #avfc #utv #PowerHause #PlayOffPush
— Josh Paul Miller (@JoshPaulMiller1) March 13, 2019
Always proud to be Villa.
But today I'm puffing my chest out just a bit more.
McGinn was hungry after his ban. Hause goal was just in time. 3 on the bounce is exactly what Villa needed.
Roll on, Saturday. Let's stay on the front foot here. #AVFC
— MarkJ (@VillaMarkPGH) March 13, 2019
McGinn looks totally revitalised by his break. Looked like a player who was running on empty before his ban, bloody excellent tonight & made a massive contribution on Sun too. And, see Hourihane’s not bad either is he? #avfc
— Alex Berwick (@Alex_Berwick) March 13, 2019
That Messi dude is a good footballer but he ain't no John McGinn 👏 #AVFC
— AVFC Polska (@avfc_polska) March 13, 2019
Inspired decision to bring McGinn back into the starting line up. He, Abraham and Grealish worked in unison and played with tempo. #NFFC had no time to settle and have time on the ball. Tactics spot on for #AVFC.
— Michael Redford (@mredford17) March 13, 2019
— Ben Wright (@Bentekkerz_98) March 13, 2019
Huge result for the Villa this morning! McGinn again proving why he’s one of the best mids in the championship. 3 wins on the bounce and great result against a very good forest side on the road. Exciting times ahead. Up the Villa! #UTV #AVFC
— Jack Clifton (@JackClifton90) March 13, 2019
Big win for us tonight, 3 on the bounce! Super John McGinn! ❤️ #AVFC
— DM (@DAMcGuffie) March 13, 2019
— Joshua Sherrington (@JSherrington01) March 13, 2019