Dean Smith’s Aston Villa won against their bitter rivals in the now infamous game of 10 March this year – thanks to Jack Grealish’s winner.
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has spoken of the controversial Championship derby between Dean Smith’s side and Second City rivals Birmingham City earlier this year, sharing what his thoughts were to “everything that happened in the game” (BBC Sport).
The now infamous game at St Andrew’s on 10 March saw its first flashpoint as early as the fifth minute when a melee involving players from both teams occurred after Blues midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld fouled Grealish.
Not long after, an individual ran onto the pitch and struck Grealish from behind, but the Villa captain went on to score the winner in the 67th minute, weaving into the opposition box and slotting into the corner of the net to complete a double over their Second City rivals.
In a BBC Football Focus interview, conducted by Villa fan and England cricket international Chris Woakes, Grealish was asked several things including his favourite moments in the claret and blue shirt, which as well as the derby, included the 2015 FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool and the 2019 playoff final.
“Everything that happened in the (Birmingham) game, I remember saying to myself, ‘you have to score today and win’,” Grealish told BBC Sport. “I would have looked more like an idiot if I tried to retaliate but that derby is always crazy.
“When we were warming up, you just felt so much tension in the stadium. You are captain of Villa and I always remember watching Gabby Agbonlahor playing against them and he always scored, especially at their place. For me to get the winner, it was unbelievable.”