McLeish salutes 'fantastic' Weimann strike

The Aston Villa boss praised the 20-year-old's goal during Monday's Premier League draw with Stoke and insisted it may be difficult to leave him out of the team in future
Aston Villa manger Alex McLeish praised Andreas Weimann's "fantastic" goal following his side's 1-1 draw with Stoke City on Monday.

The Austrian Under-21 international curled a 20-yard shot past Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to give his side the lead in the first half.
Aston Villa are 25/1 with Bet365 to be relegated this season.

The youngster, who is a product of the club's academy, looked to have won the game with the second goal of his career only for Robert Huth to grab a share of the spoils late on.

McLeish told reporters: "Goals talk and it will be hard for me to leave Weimann out. It was a fantastic strike. We needed a bit of inspiration at that time and it was inspirational.

"It came out of nothing and was a wonderful goal from a great young prospect. He is a good finisher and we've seen it again with that goal."

Despite McLeish's delight at his side's efforts, he expressed disappointment regarding incidents in the lead-up to Stoke's equaliser.

The 53-year-old said: "Jermaine Pennant used his experience to get the free-kick after [Gary] Gardner did not move.

"Then Robert Huth had two hands on James Collins' shoulders which meant he could not get off the ground to defend the cross from the free-kick."

Midfielder Chris Herd had to be sent to hospital following a clash of heads with Huth during the match but the Scot insisted the injury is not cause for concern.

He added: "He felt sick after the game and has gone to hospital for a check-up but wasn't unconscious so hopefully there is no concussion."