Jack Grealish was in the thick of the action in Aston Villa’s derby victory over Birmingham on Sunday.
The midfielder captained his side to a 1-0 victory at St. Andrew’s, leading by example by scoring the only goal of the game to ensure Villa had the bragging rights at the end of a heated affair.
Grealish was the victim of an ugly incident just 10 minutes into the game, as he was attacked by a Birmingham fan who ran onto the pitch and punched him in the face from behind.
Credit must be given to the Villa captain, who responded calmly in the immediate aftermath of the shocking attack in what was already a heated derby match.
And Grealish had the last laugh after scoring the winner for Villa, rifling in an effort from the edge of the area to move his side to within four points of the playoffs.
We’ve taken a look at the pictures that summed up the Villa captain’s eventful day.
Heated scenes early on
Grealish was on the receiving end of a strong tackle from Birmingham’s Maikel Kieftenbeld, who was booked for the early challenge.
Aftermath of the attack
The Villa captain was helped to his feet by the Birmingham players following the incident.
A strong midfield display
Grealish battled for everything in the midfield throughout the tie.
The winning goal
The Villa captain scores what turned out to be the winning goal for his side.
Scenes of celebration
Grealish runs towards the Villa fans in celebration.
The midfielder continues his celebration.
Celebrating with the fans
Villa’s main man takes in the support from the fans.
Teammates embrace in the celebrations
Grealish is joined by his Villa teammates in the celebrations.
The main man
A brilliant image summing up Grealish’s performance.