It has been another roller-coaster season for Aston Villa in the Championship but things are on the up again for the famous club after a terrific result at home on Saturday.
Villa were sensational as they ripped Derby apart inside the first half before going on to win the game 4-0 in a result that has sent shock waves through the division. It had been a tough spell for Dean Smith in recent weeks but the three points against the Rams may be just the tonic the club needs before the final push, and a late run for the play-offs is not out of the question if the former Premier League giants can maintain this level of play.
Jack Grealish was the star as he ran the show from the middle of the park with a performance which reminded the fans just how good he can be, with his goal one of the best of the season on the full volley.
A fit and firing Grealish will be a massive asset for the Villa and that three points means that they find themselves in 11th place, but perhaps more importantly they are only six points off the final play-off position.
It is going to take a fine run of results for Villa to sneak in the back door but optimism among the fans is clearly high after this famous result and there has been plenty of chatter on social media over the past 24 hours...
There’s always a team that comes from nowhere to get the playoffs. Enter Aston Villa #AVFC - (@charlie_cox6)
Incredible result against Derby! Hoping we can put a few wins together and just maybe get into the playoffs! Great to have you back Grealish Villa have missed you! - (@WayneFrank84)
There is always one team who comes out of nowhere to get in to the play offs.. always happens. 6 points is hardly nothing in the championship. basically 2 game turn around.. still a lot of games to go - (@Toffee238)
Still in with a shout for playoffs if results are kind - (@WoWnut)
Aston Villa remain a sleeping giant and in truth it is going to be a massive ask for the club to get promoted this season but there is now a glimmer of hope following the best performance of the season.
🚀⚽️ This absolute rocket of a volley from Jack Grealish could even pip Aston Villa team-mate John McGinn for goal of the season!
And on his first game back since December!
👏 @JackGrealish1 @AVFCOfficial #AVFC