Aston Villa boss Remi Garde believes he can rely on Joleon Lescott as defender helps club secure first win under Frenchman

The former Manchester City man bagged the winner against Crystal Palace.

Aston Villa boss Remi Garde believes that defender Joleon Lescott is a player he can rely upon, after the centre-back played a huge role in ending the Frenchman's long wait for his first win as the club's manager, Sky Sports reports.

The 33-year-old's header shortly before the hour-mark of their clash with Crystal Palace ensured that the Villains secured their first Premier League victory since the opening day of the season. And Garde explained how valuable the former Manchester City man is to his side.

"Joleon is a very experience player, he spreads serenity and calm. He knows the game and is a player I can rely on. He is not as young as he used to be, I try to manage him and others as best I can," he told Sky Sports.

Despite the win, the gloom still remains over Villa Park currently. The winning goal had a slice of good fortune about it as Eagles goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey made a dreadful mistake to allow Lescott's header to find the net, and there is still eight points separating them and Swansea, who sit just outside the relegation zone.

Nevertheless, Garde will be hoping that Lescott's influence is able to inspire Villa to pull off a miraculous recovery. The goal against Palace was the veteran defender's second of the season, as he also scored during the away draw with Southampton at the start of December. 

With Villa's situation still looking bleak however, Garde will need Lescott and his teammates to score plenty more in the near future to give the club a fighting chance. 

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