Aston Villa fans react on Twitter to Jack Grealish's performance v Nantes

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish applauds the fans at the end of the match

The 20-year-old impressed in Aston Villa's latest victory.

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish applauds the fans at the end of the match

Aston Villa continued their pre-season preparations with a narrow 1-0 victory over French side Nantes in a friendly on Saturday.

A relatively dull affair came to life on 71 minutes when Rudy Gestede stroked home a cushioned header from Nathan Baker, who rose highest to meet a Jack Grealish corner.

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish in actionAston Villa's Jack Grealish in action

Roberto Di Matteo's side have now won four of their five pre-season friendlies - last week's 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers being the only blemish for an otherwise flawless start to life under the Italian manager, who was named as Remi Garde's successor last month.

Perhaps the victory hinged on Grealish's second-half arrival, with the young midfielder giving Aston Villa a sense of urgency following his arrival and it was his delivery which ultimately led to Gestede's winner.

The 20-year-old - who was also booked for a silly foul in the final quarter - pleased a lot of Aston Villa fans on Twitter afterwards.

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish applauds the fans at the end of the match

It's a massive season for Grealish, who has endured a tough time in and out of football over the past 13 months or so. He struggled to win regular football under Garde - who replaced Tim Sherwood in November - and had previously been injured.

This time last year, Grealish had been photographed asleep on a road during a holiday in an image which prompted concern over whether he would fulfill his potential.

With Aston Villa now in the Championship, the Villans need a hero this season and many will be looking to Grealish to be that man - including Di Matteo, perhaps.

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish during the warm up session before the game

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