Aston Villa fans love what Conor Hourihane did to Birmingham City's Craig Gardner

Conor Hourihane of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on November 25, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa beat Birmingham City 4-2 in the second city derby at the weekend.

Conor Hourihane of Aston Villa during a training session at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on November 01, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa fans have lauded Conor Hourihane after he celebrated in Birmingham City midfielder Craig Gardner’s face, following Tammy Abraham’s penalty during the second city derby.

Gardner is not exactly a popular figure at Villa Park, as he once represented them and now plays for Birmingham.

Gardner has made some controversial statements about Villa since leaving, and his all-action style on the pitch normally makes him the centre of attention.

 

The Birmingham man must have got under Hourihane’s skin during the derby match, but it was the Villa midfielder who had the last laugh.

Although it wasn’t initially picked up on, Hourihane could be seen celebrating in Gardner’s face.

And the eagle-eyed Villa fans loved the audacity of Hourihane’s reaction to Abraham scoring.

Villa went on to win the game 4-2, and in the process moved three points ahead of Birmingham in the Championship table.

Conor Hourihane of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on November 25, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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