Aston Villa fans react to Birkir Bjarnason performance

Birkir Bjarnason of Iceland looks on after the international friendly match between Iceland and Czech Republic at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium on November 8, 2017 in Doha, Qatar.

Birkir Bjarnason impressed for Aston Villa on Saturday.

Birkir Bjarnason of Aston Villa scores their fourth goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Bristol City at Villa Park on January 1, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa moved within three points of the automatic promotion places with a 3-1 win at home to Barnsley on Saturday.

Steve Bruce's side got off to a fast and furious start as striker Scott Hogan fired them 2-0 ahead within seven minutes.

The electric start continued as Dimitri Cavare halved the deficit on 11 minutes, before Conor Hourihane restored the two-goal cushion midway through the first half.

Birkir Bjarnason of Aston Villa is challenged by Ritchie De Laet of Colchester during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Colchester United and Aston Villa at Colchester Community...

It stayed like that and obviously Hogan, being the scorer of two goals, will be getting most of the plaudits, but Aston Villa fans have paid tribute to Birkir Bjarnason in midfield.

The 29-year-old hasn't always looked great value for money following his £2.5 million switch (Birmingham Mail) but he impressed against Nottingham Forest last time out and kept his place in the first XI this time around.

Birkir Bjarnason of Aston Villa evades Jack Marriott of Peterborough United during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Aston Villa and Peterborough United at Villa Park on...

The Iceland midfielder won four interceptions, won three aerial duels and blocked three shots - at least one of these was crucial - and fans of the Villa Park side have acknowledged his performance on Twitter.

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