Aston Villa captain James Chester has lavished praise on goalkeeper Sam Johnstone after he pulled off save after save to help Villa to a 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic. 

Johnstone's match-winning performance was his fifth clean sheet in his last six games, a remarkable turnaround for the 23-year-old after a rocky start to life at Villa Park. 

As reported by the ​Birmingham Mail, Chester stated ​“We are all really pleased for Sam. Everyone went over to congratulate him at the end of the game for the save he made at 1-0.”

Johnstone came under fire earlier in the season for high profile errors in games against Wolves and Nottingham Forest, as Villa slumped to seven defeats in eight matches. 

Chester continued, “It was a difficult start for him here and I don’t think we helped him, we were all over the place at some points. I’m delighted for him. He is showing what a really good keeper he is and I am sure he has a bright future ahead.”

Johnstone is currently on loan from Manchester United, and at only 23-years-old has already amassed 95 first team appearances. 

“There are not too many keepers playing in the league at 23. He has an awful lot of ability and a calm head on his shoulders.

“He has all the attributes of being a really good goalkeeper and we are seeing signs of that now. With age he is only going to get better.”

Johnstone's next test will be Norwich, as they travel to Villa Park after the international break.