Matt Lowton has praised the impact of Yacouba Sylla in Villa's midfield, insisting the Frenchman was an unsung hero in the win over Sunderland.
Sylla earned a recall to the starting line-up as Paul Lambert's side thrashed the Black Cats 6-1 on Monday night.
While the likes of Christian Benteke, Gabby Agbonlahor and Lowton grabbed the headlines for their exploits, Sylla also gave an accomplished performance on his third start for the club.
And Lowton was quick to highlight the contribution of the former Clermont Foot destroyer.
"You maybe don't see it but I was playing behind him and can see the amount of times he cuts passing lines off to the winger and things like that to stop attacks happening," said Lowton.
"He wins fantastic tackles and gets us back on the attack. It was the one change against Sunderland and it definitely worked."
Lowton received widespread praise for his display, with BBC Radio Five Live pundit Robbie Savage even tipping the right-back as a future England international.
It was the 23-year-old's delightful cross-field pass that teed up Andreas Weimann for Villa's second goal.
"I saw it developing in the middle of the pitch - they switched it and I half gambled on what they were going to do," he said.
"I intercepted it and as I was running through I'd got a million things going through my head.
"I saw a great run from Christian to take the defenders away then Andi was in at the back post so I tried to clip it in to him.
"I thought I'd overhit it at the time but Andi's pace got on to the end of it. It was a great first touch which probably made the goal and a fantastic finish.
"It was a crucial time and I needed to keep my head but I was lucky that I picked the right pass."
Lowton said keeping up the intensity in the second half was key to Villa blowing Sunderland away.
"We went in at half time buzzing because we were winning," he added.
But we knew full well that we've done that a few times this season and not come out of the blocks for the second half.
"So we spoke and said we need to keep attacking and don't sit back.
"We did that and the big man took his goals well and Gabby did at the end too - it worked out fine."
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