It was a memorable comeback for Jack Grealish as he helped Aston Villa secure a thumping 4-0 win over Derby County on Saturday.
The 23-year-old had been out of action since December as he marked his return by scoring a spectacular volley in the first half to top off a relentless and attacking performance from the home team.
Conor Hourihane netted a brace for Dean Smith’s side, while striker Tammy Abraham scored his 21st goal of the season with all four strikes coming within the first half.
After the match, Grealish posted this message to the Villa Park faithful on his personal Twitter account as he helped his team to a much-needed three points.
A dream come true today walking out as captain at this fantastic club! A brilliant team performance aswell from every single player & always nice to get on the scoresheet. On to next week now! #AVFC pic.twitter.com/gHn6RZGaun
— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish1) March 2, 2019
Villa aren’t a one-man team, but there are no arguments that they are far, far better with Grealish in the starting XI.
His presence alone lifts the crowd and lifts the players as was proven during the win against Frank Lampard’s men.
In previous matches, Villa were timid in the attacking third, fragile in defence and lacklustre overall as they failed to pick up points, both at home and on the road.
The West Midlands outfit only recorded two wins during his time on the sidelines, but upon his return, they didn’t just win but utterly blew away a promotion rival.
Grealish and his Villa teammates will now turn their attention to their next Championship fixture where they will travel to bitter rivals Birmingham City.
During the reverse fixture in November, Villa ran out 4-2 winners, with Grealish getting on the scoresheet and Alan Hutton scoring a high-quality solo goal.