Date: 6th October 2019 at 7:00pm
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Aston Villa’s rout of Norwich at Carrow Road brought a satisfying record to one Villan in particular who, bizarrely to my mind, continues to polarise opinion among the fans.

Conor Hourihane’s strike meant the Irish international has now scored in all of the top four divisions of English football, as well as notching the winner for his country in a Euro qualifier against Georgia in Dublin.

Hourihane now has 25 goals in claret and blue and has been integral to many important moments over the past few years. Plenty still don’t seem to rate him, questioning his work rate and influence on games, suggesting he’s little more than a dead ball specialist and doesn’t bring much else to the party.

I find that incredible – it’s a squad game, and he has shown this season that he is more than comfortable on the Premier League stage. He does the simple things well and allows more creative and devastating players such as Jack Grealish and John McGinn to shine.

And I’m not the only one…

Long may his form continue and he can keep on making decisive and valuable contributions this season and beyond. Der, der, der, der, der Conor Hourihane….!

Oh and it would remiss of me not to mention Fear’s book, Fear Conquers All! A fascinating look at his battles and victories. You can see all the details, how to buy and the reviews at: and on Amazon (if you don’t have Prime, it is cheaper to buy directly and means he can donate more to the AVFC Foundation: and reviews there: 

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3 Replies to ““Made a difference”; “Very underrated”; “Lucky to have him” – Villa fans react to player’s record”

  • Doesn’t offer enough for me when we are under the cosh when played as one of the two “8”s. Not the case yesterday. Does have a goal/assist in him as shown yesterday.

    For me, I wouldn’t mind seeing him as a “10” in a 4-2-3-1 or in a diamond.

  • the villa midfield is always far more balanced with him in it. plus with him, villa get the benefit of a goalscoring midfielder

  • I think we have found our formation and a way to get our best players out playing. Connor deserves a starting spot but with having two wingers in the team it’s difficult to pick him above Grealish and McGinn. He’s the best free kick taker we have by a country mile, and with this formation he’s played in his best spot (which he didn’t for the majority of last term and still got 10 goals). Love connor and I think we only need one winger to start. Swapping one out on 60 mins keeps it fresh too.

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