James Chester names Aston Villa teammate who changed momentum of Second City derby

Cheikh Ndoye of Birmingham and Mile Jedinak of Aston Villa in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Aston Villa at St Andrews (stadium) on October 29,...

Aston Villa came away from St Andrew's with a 0-0 draw with Birmingham City in their Championship clash at the weekend.

Cheikh Ndoye of Birmingham and Mile Jedinak of Aston Villa in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Aston Villa at St Andrews (stadium) on October 29,...

James Chester has told Aston Villa's official website that he felt that he did not need to head the ball for about six months last season due to the presence of Mile Jedinak, and suggested that the Australian changed the game when he came on during the weekend's Second City derby.

Jedinak has undoubtedly been an astute addition to the Villans squad since his arrival from Crystal Palace last summer, playing well in holding midfield and at centre-back last season.

Mile Jedinak of Aston Villa instructs his team during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on April 17, 2017 in London, England.

His season so far has been plagued by injury, but he made his first appearance for well over a month at the weekend as he came on for the final half-hour of Villa's Championship clash with Birmingham at St Andrew's.

And Chester was full of praise for the 33-year-old's performance against the Blues, insisting that his introduction proved to be a catalyst in a change of the momentum in the stalemate.

James Chester of Aston Villa acknowledges the fans following the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa at Loftus Road on December 18, 2016 in London,...

"Mile is perfect for us in front of the back four," he told the club's official website. “I always tell him that last season I didn’t have to head the ball for about six months. When he plays in front he is great for me.

“At St Andrew’s, with the way the game was going when he came on against Blues, I felt he turned it back around in our favour.

Given Jedinak's experience and versatility, it would undoubtedly provide a major boost to the Villa squad if he is able to enjoy a prolonged spell in Steve Bruce's side where he is injury-free. 

Villa have made an extremely bright start to the season, and adding Jedinak to their ranks could prove to be a real difference-maker for the Villans as they look to capitalise on their current momentum.

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