Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan is hoping to hit the goal trail after netting against Queens Park Rangers last weekend.

The Scottish midfielder went on loan at Leeds United last season, but has seen his opportunities at Villa increased this season under Alex McLeish.

And after scoring his first of the season at Loftus Road from the spot, the 21-year-old is already eager to add to his tally.

“I’ve been trying so hard, I’ve been dying for a goal,” said Bannan.

“There’s been people, not questioning, but asking when I’m going to score – my dad, mum, girlfriend. That will always stay with me, that goal.

 

“Obviously I wanted the ball. Any chance to score, free-kick or penalty, I’ll be there asking to take it. I wasn’t nervous at all.

“I knew where I was going when the referee said it was a penalty. No-one’s going to change my mind, even if I think the keeper is going to go there.

“I’d made my mind up that if I hit it right it would go in. I wouldn’t say I was nervous, I was looking forward to celebrating really.

“That’ll go to the grave with me, that’s one of the biggest moments of my career and hopefully now, as I said, I can go on a run and get more goals for this team.”

Richard Dunne's late own goal denied Villa all three points in west London, and Bannan reveals the draw felt more like a defeat come the final whistle.

“It’s good to get my goal but it would have been even better if it was the winner," he added.

“It’s hard to take, especially when they go down to ten men and you think you’re going to see the game through, and a goal like that at the end is a killer.

“It felt like a loss in the changing room.”

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