Aston Villa youngster Chris Herd turned in a man-of-the-match performance at Villa Park in Saturday's goalless draw with Wolves, proving to be one of the biggest positives to come from the 0-0 derby encounter.

The 22-year-old Australian remained positive about the weekend's outing, citing a lack of luck in the final third as the difference between one, and three points.

Reflecting on his individual display, Herd was just pleased to have been given his chance to show what he can do in the Villa first-team, and is setting his sights on more regular football under Alex McLeish.

"I was over the moon," confirmed Herd. "I was really pleased to be given a chance at Villa Park for this great club in front of these great fans.

"Unfortunately we didn't get the three points for the fans but hopefully a point was acceptable. I was happy with my performance and I think all the lads put in a good shift too.

"It was a good team performance and I just feel we need to keep on going now. Despite not getting the win, it's always great to get the clean sheet. As a defender that's your job. Defending strongly is key and anything else is a bonus.


 

"For most of the second half we were going forward but in the closing stages it turned a bit scrappy and we were on the back foot a little. But I thought the back five did brilliantly. I thought there were really good performances."

Villa will be looking to prolong their unbeaten start to the new campaign, when they travel to Goodison Park on Saturday 10 September - their first fixture off the back of the enforced international break.

But for Herd, who is yet to receive a call-up to the full Australian national side, it is all about knuckling down in Villa training again, in order to put himself in contention for the next game.

"I am just going to concentrate on my game and just see what happens," he continued. "I have played centre midfield and obviously with the previous gaffer he saw me as a right-back.

"I just want to keep improving wherever I play and learning from the players around me and get more experience. I'd love to be involved in every game."

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