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Villa boss heaps praise on Irish teen Grealish


Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish

IRELAND prospect Jack Grealish has earned more plaudits for his form with Aston Villa after he played a part in their opening-day win over Stoke City.

Grealish, still only 18, played for the last 20 minutes for Villa away to Stoke on Saturday and while senior Ireland internationals Marc Wilson, Glenn Whelan and Stephen Ireland were in the staring XI for Stoke, with Jon Walters left on the bench, it was Grealish who made an impression on Villa boss Paul Lambert.

"It was an outstanding team display. That was a big, big performance," said Lambert.

"The commitment from the players was excellent. Jack Grealish came on at 18-years-old and didn't look out of place.

"He has a massive future in the game if he keeps his feet on the ground."

Senior cap Stephen Quinn also earned a pat on the back from his boss for helping Hull City earn a 1-0 win away to QPR.

Quinn started the game on the bench, as did compatriots Paul McShane, David Meyler and Robbie Brady, but the Dubliner was called into action in the first half and helped set up the winning goal for James Chester.

"Has there ever been a better £50,000 spent?" Bruce said of Quinn, who came to Hull for that fee from Sheffield United in 2012.

"When he came on he changed the game for us because he settled us down by keeping the ball and made us function. I was delighted for him."

Meanwhile, Irish youngster Kenneth McEvoy showed his potential with his first goal for League One side Peterborough United after a loan move from Tottenham, the Dubliner on target in a 3-2 win over MK Dons.

"Kenny did okay and the goal will do him the world of good, he will be good for us in the long-term," said Posh boss Darren Ferguson.