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Hourihane rescues a point for Villa

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Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane rescued a point for the club with an exquisite freekick when they faced Blackburn Rovers during the weekend.

The Villans travelled to Ewood Park to face the former Premier League champions, as they planned to put an end to their winless run of four games in the Sky Bet Championship. They could have easily lost the game if not for the brilliance of Hourihane.

The Ireland international’s stoppage time freekick prove decisive as Steve Bruce’s men salvage a point from the tie.

It was a relief at the end and a great free-kick,” Villa manager Steve Bruce said, according to Irish Examiner.

“I thought it’d have been unjust if we’d lost the game.

Bruce conceded the 27-year-old may feel aggrieved by his lack of game-time. Bruce said: “He’s been terrific since he walked through the door and can feel harshly treated so far this season. I understand that.

“You can only pick 11. It’s what happens when you build a squad of players. Now, we’ve got to find a system that works best and build on it.”

Despite his heroics, the player isn’t guaranteed a place in the starting lineup yet, but performances like the one this weekend will go a long way to convincing the manager of his abilities.

Meanwhile, Ryan Manning scored the winner from the penalty spot as Rotterdam defeated Derby County.

The Ireland international who is on loan from Queens Park Rangers converted the spot kick to lift the Millers four points clear of the relegation zone.