Aston Villa fans react to Glenn Whelan's display against Leeds

Aston Villa kept their slim automatic-promotion hopes alive as they won their latest Championship clash.

Glenn Whelan of Aston Villa during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford  at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa fans have taken to Twitter to admit that Glenn Whelan was superb during the Villans' victory over Leeds on Friday night which keeps Steve Bruce's side's slim hopes of securing automatic-promotion out of the Championship alive.

Villa would have undoubtedly expected to beat a Leeds side that have won just two times since the turn of the year, and they would have known how vital it was that they did bag the victory given that they already require plenty of fortune if they are going to catch Fulham and Cardiff City.

Glenn Whelan of Aston Villa and Lynden Gooch of Sunderland challenge for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on November 21,...

Lewis Grabban scored the game's only goal during the first-half, but Villa rarely looked like they were in danger of not picking up the three points with Leeds stopper Bailey Peacock-Farrell scooping the man of the match award.

While Grabban was the match-winner, it was Whelan who seemed to receive the most praise on social media - and that may be a fact that surprises many Villans supporters given that it has not been an easy season for the veteran.

Glenn Whelan of Aston Villa and Jerome Sinclair of Watford during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford  at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

The £2 million signing - fee reported by the Daily Mail - has struggled for much of the campaign, but was excellent in the middle of the park on Friday night, helping keep Leeds quiet and also proving to be quite useful with his distribution.

And it appears that a number of fans are more than happy to eat some humble pie and admit that Whelan was brilliant in the victory and appears to have turned a corner in recent weeks. 

Here is the best of the reaction to Whelan's display...

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch