Eric Lichaj couldn't contain his delight after scoring his first senior goal for Aston Villa in Monday night's defeat of Hereford in the Carling Cup.

The 22-year-old the eased fears of a cup upset at Villa Park by opening the scoring in the final 10 minutes, before Nathan Delfouneso made sure of the result.

And, after finding the net, the American defender was on cloud nine at the end of the game.

"I was really happy," he said. "I was in another place. I was so pleased.

"It was the best feeling I have had playing the game - my first goal for Villa. It was great to bag the win and get a goal.

"It was wrapped up by Nathan. He got a festive gift from Andi - he should be thanking him.

"It was great to finally get the win. It was getting frustrating and I'm sure the fans were feeling that too.

"We hadn't scored but we'd had all those chances. It was relief when we got the goals."


Lichaj celebrated his strike with a bizarre dance routine which, he explained, was born from a wager with one of his friends during his days at the University of North Carolina.

"When I was at college at UNC I learnt it from one of my room-mates. It's called the chicken noodle soup dance," he explained.

"I always said I would do it when I scored my first goal and that was my first for Villa so I just had to do it.

"I am actually going to text him to tell him to watch out for my goal and watch my celebration. I told him I would do it the first time I scored in claret and blue.

"All the lads knew I did this stupid dance so they liked it too. They knew what I was doing."

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