Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish believes the crop of youngsters coming through the club's ranks means there is plenty to look forward to in the future.

The Scot used six players aged 23 or under in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Liverpool, in which Chris Herd's 10th-minute goal was cancelled out by a late Luis Suarez strike. Herd and Eric Lichaj, both 23, Barry Bannan, 22, and Nathan Baker, 20, all started while Andreas Weimann, 20, Gary Gardner and Samir Carruthers, both 19, came off the bench.

The average age of Villa's outfield substitutes was just 19 and a half and McLeish hopes all his younger players will develop into reliable first-team regulars. He said: "The first-half performance was great and I'm very proud of the young players, helped by the experienced players in the team."

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