Aston Villa fans react on Twitter to Jack Grealish's performance against QPR

Jack Grealish

How Villa's Twitter-based supporters reacted to the teenage winger's showing in the 3-3 home draw.

Christian Benteke’s hat-trick rescued Aston Villa a 3-3 draw against relegation rivals Queens Park Rangers in Tuesday night’s Premier League clash to keep Tim Sherwood’s men out of the drop zone.

QPR opened the scoring at Villa Park through Matt Phillips’ seventh-minute header, before Benteke struck in the 10th and 33rd minutes to put the home side ahead going into the break.

Clint Hill’s powerful header and Charlie Austin’s finish 12 minutes before the end restored the visitors’ lead but Benteke’s sublime free-kick five minutes later salvaged a crucial point for the claret and blues.

Sherwood’s line-up contained five changes from the weekends’ 3-1 defeat at Manchester United, with the Villa boss making a huge call in handing teenage winger Jack Grealish his first top-flight start.

While the Birmingham-native had impressed in his previous 10 substitute appearances this season, there was still some trepidation over how he would handle the big occasion but those fears were soon dispelled.

The first-half would see him form an integral part of the Villa’s attack with his pace and skill and, while he was somewhat quieter after the interval before going off with 20 minutes left, it remained an encouraging outing for the club’s star prospect.

Given Sherwood’s noted trust in homegrown talent, it will be interesting to see whether the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international keeps his place for the coming trip to Tottenham Hotspur but, judging from the Twitter reaction to his latest showing, most fans would be behind a second consecutive start.

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