By Graham Hill
CONOR Hourihane reckons Villa’s revival has been a ‘long time coming’ – but gives them confidence going into Sunday’s derby match with Blues.
The Villa midfielder scored twice in the 4-0 hammering of Derby County last weekend.
And the Irishman says it had been coming – but Villa needed key man Jack Grealish back fit again.
Now Hourihane hopes Villa can continue that momentum into Sunday’s clash at St Andrew’s.
Hourihane told reporters: “It’s been a long time coming, we’ve been doing it in little patches over the past couple of months but the consistency hasn’t been good enough.
“The previous week at Stoke was a good springboard to take into the Derby game which was one of those matches when everything went right for us.
“We took our chances, and we needed to win to get going and that sets us up nicely heading into this week.
“We need to be consistent now there’s 11 games to go now so we need to put a run together now to try and get into that top six.
“But it’s only one game, the second half of Stoke was there to build on, but we can’t get too excited, we need to put three four or five wins together.”
And he hopes that Villa can continue a key stage of the season with back to back wins.
He added: “If we get a good result at Birmingham, it’ll put us into good shape because we have Forest and Boro before the international break so we have to get as many points as we can going into the break. Then who knows?
“We have to believe.
“We have to keep going and see where is takes us.
“If we play like this then have a poor run from now ’til the end of the season then that’s no good.
“We wanted to build on the Sheffield United result, but it didn’t happen.
“We wanted to build on the Stoke performance and it happened against Derby.
“We had the buzz back and good energy levels, we were in good shape.
“When we created chances we took them.”