Zimbabwean midfielder Marvelous Nakamba put up another stellar performance as Aston Villa edged Leeds United 1-0 at Elland Road on Saturday.
It was their 13th clean sheet of the season, the second highest in the EPL after log leaders Manchester City (15). The Warriors anchorman has been involved in six of those matches.
The 27-year-old has been impressive in the few games he has started this season. According to match stats, Nakamba was one of the top performers with an incredible six interceptions, five duels won and no fouls committed.
Anwar El Ghazi’s solo goal in the fifth minute proved the difference between the two sides as the Villians marched on to claim maximum points.
Villa’s club writer Ashley Preece was impressed with the Zimbabwean’s performance describing him as “an octopus”.
“One of Smith’s changes as the Zimbabwean came in for Douglas [Luiz]. The African plugged gaps incredibly well throughout as Leeds struggled to get past him on the counter,” Preece wrote.
“Nakamba was like an octopus, legs just kept appearing from everywhere as he won back possession, much to the annoyance of Bielsa’s men. Top work,” Preece added.
The narrow victory saw Dean Smith’s men climb up to eighth place in the Premier League standings with 39 points gained from 24 matches, keeping their dream of playing in Europe next season alive.
Up next for the Villa Park outfit is an away tie against struggling Sheffield United on Wednesday aiming to build on from their win.
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By Mthokozisi Dube