Robert Snodgrass messages Aston Villa's Conor Hourihane on Twitter

Robert Snodgrass of Aston Villa and Conor Hourihane of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:Second Leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park...

Conor Hourihane made his first appearance in the Premier League on Saturday after helping Aston Villa to promotion last season.

Conor Hourihane of Aston Villa is challenged by Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium...

Robert Snodgrass has congratulated Conor Hourihane on Twitter after the Aston Villa man noted that he had the last laugh after being told by a fan in 2014 that he had no chance of playing in the Premier League during his career.

Hourihane was a key man for the Villans last season as they were promoted to the top flight, and he was rewarded as Dean Smith named the 28-year-old in the starting lineup for the opening day trip to Tottenham.

 

The appearance meant that the Republic of Ireland international has now played in all four leagues in England, so it was no surprise that Hourihane was keen to reflect after Villa's spirited performance against the Champions League finalists.

Hourihane commented on a tweet from 2014 when, coincidentally, a Villa supporter suggested that the then-Plymouth Argyle star was setting his sights too high when he claimed that his dream was to play at the highest level.

Chris Birchall (L) of Port Vale and Conor Hourihane (R) of Plymouth Argyle in action during the FA Cup third round replay between Plymouth Argyle and Port Vale at Home Park on January 14,...

And Snodgrass - who played alongside Hourihane during his year on loan with the Villans - reached out to his former teammate to congratulate him on the landmark appearance...

Hourihane had a quiet day at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but did not look out of place on the bigger stage. He has a lot of competition for his place in the team, so he will be hoping to keep proving his doubters wrong - even if most of them have already been silenced. 

Robert Snodgrass of Aston Villa and Conor Hourihane of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:Second Leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park...

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