By Graham Hill
VILLA boss Dean Smith praised Jack Grealish for shaking off a poor first half at Bolton… and turning an ordinary display into a match-winning one.
Grealish returned to action after shaking off the illness which kept him out of the Bristol City game last weekend.
But Smith admitted his skipper took time to get into the game at Bolton.
When he did tough – his contribution sealed yet another three points for Villa in a game that equalled a 109-year record ninth win in a row.
Grealish headed the opener before seeing up Tammy Abraham for his 25th goal of the season.
Smith told Villa’s official website: “Headed goals are a bit of a rarity for Jack.
“He’s scored with his head against Birmingham and now against Bolton.
“But he’s starting to get more assists – he got one for the second goal. He’s scoring too. That’s what he will be ultimately judged on.
“He’s producing for us, which is really good.
“He was on his sick bed last week and he’s now come back and put in a really good performance.
“He’ll be the first to admit that in the first half he wasn’t at his best. But in the second half he showed us what he’s about.”