Aston Villa beat rivals Birmingham to boost EPL promotion push

Conor Hourihane gets a hug from Robert Snodgrass as Jack Grealish and Ahmed Elmohamady join in the second goal celebrations

Conor Hourihane gets a hug from Robert Snodgrass as Jack Grealish and Ahmed Elmohamady join in the second goal celebrations

Ireland worldwide Conor Hourihane helped Aston Villa move into second place in the Championship after grabbing a goal in his side's 2-0 win over bitter rivals Birmingham this afternoon.

Albert Adomah fired Villa in front after 60 minutes but it was Republic of Ireland midfielder Conor Hourihane's strike which really capped a fine day for the home side at Villa Park.

Conor Hourihane is mobbed after sealing a derby-day triumph for Villa against Blues yesterday
Conor Hourihane is mobbed after sealing a derby-day triumph for Villa against Blues yesterday

Salt was then rubbed into the wounds for Birmingham as Cheikh N'Doye was sent off in the 94th minute following an altercation with Mile Jedinak.

Indeed, a man of the match display instead ensued as the likes of Davis could not get near him for much of the game, resulting in plenty of fouls being conceded.

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"We have to take care of staying where we are at the moment".

Season ticket holders also enjoy a plethora of further perks, including: free entry to all Villa Ladies home matches, free entry to all U23 home matches, free entry to the first home cup match of the campaign, with financing options available.

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Calderwood, standing in for the indisposed Steve Bruce, was full of praise for the all-round team performance. We found our rhythm better than Birmingham and we were able to to create some good openings.

It was the flawless weekend for Aston Villa. "He will pick the team and we will be ready without his presence this week, but his presence is always there with the players anyway".

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Villa's domination, undoubtedly generated by the outstanding skill of Grealish, was rewarded with two second-half goals from Adomah and Hourihane.

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