Aston Villa youngster Gary Gardner is hoping to make his first competitive appearance for the club during this weekend's trip to Queens Park Rangers.

The 19-year-old is edging ever closer to that first start, after making an impact for the reserves early this season.

Gardner made his senior debut during the Asia Trophy defeat to Chelsea in the summer, but now is looking out for that competitive start to kick his Villa career into action.

“It is a great experience to be involved with the first team,” said Gardner.

“I’ve been at the club since the age of seven so to get on the bench for the first team is a dream come true. The next aim is playing. I am just buzzing and my confidence is growing.

“It is great when you look out on the Holte End, in fact Villa Park as a whole, with all the fans cheering the team on.”


 

Villa suffered their first defeat of the season, against Bolton Wanderers in the Carling Cup, and Gardner is urging his teammates to get back on the winning trail against QPR.

“It was a frustrating night against Bolton but we will show character and come back,” he added.

“We have great players. We can go there and get the win. We have the talent in the squad and if I can be involved again, I’d be over the moon.

“I just aim to keep pushing and hopefully I will get my chance. It’s great to be involved, listening to what the senior players say and what the gaffer says.

“I am taking the entire experience on board. Hopefully I can push on.”

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