Ezri Konsa claims Troy Deeney's goal celebration helped fire-up Aston Villa for dramatic Watford fightback

By Matt Maher | Aston Villa | Published: | Last Updated:

Ezri Konsa has revealed how Troy Deeney’s goal celebration helped motivate Villa’s dramatic fightback to beat Watford.

Troy Deeney (right) celebrates his goal.

Hornets striker Deeney, a lifelong Blues fan, goaded the Holte End after breaking the deadlock in Tuesday night’s relegation six-pointer.

But it was Villa who would end the night victorious, with second-half goals from Douglas Luiz and Tyrone Mings – the latter in the fifth minute of stoppage time – earning a win which saw them leapfrog the visitors and climb out of the Premier League drop zone.

Konsa said: “When Troy scored, you could see from his celebrations how much he enjoyed it.

“It made us a bit angry and the fans as well, so we knew we had to come out in the second half and do more.

“Things like that always fire you up – when you see someone celebrating like that in front of your fans.”

Konsa initially thought he had bagged the winner when his 95th-minute shot flew into the top corner to spark wild scenes of celebration at Villa Park.

But replays showed the effort had taken a slight deflection off Mings on its way in, denying Konsa a first career Premier League goal.

He said: “I’m not in the headlines and I’m sorry about that! But the win was the thing, 100 per cent. We knew we had to win.


“Watford were a point above us going into the game and it puts a little bit of pressure on the teams around us.

“It just shows that we can stay up in this league. Wins like that can keep us in the league.

“As a team we’ve always had that belief. A good point at Brighton on Saturday gave us good confidence going into this game. This will give us confidence too.”

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher

Chief sports writer for the Express & Star.

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