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Bennett on cloud nine after making Premier League bow with Villa

Joe Bennett was thrilled to step out for his full Premier League debut with Aston Villa yesterday.

The 22-year old joined Villa from Middlesbrough during the summer transfer window and played a full 90 minutes at left-back as his new club netted a late equaliser to force a 1-1 draw with West Midlands rivals west Bromwich Albion at Villa Park.

Bennett, who came on as a substitute in last weekend's 4-1 loss at Southampton, felt it was a decent performance from he and his Villa teammates and he is now looking to kick on after experiencing top flight football first-hand.

"We've got a lot of hungry players who want to do well, who will chase the ball non-stop for 90 minutes, and show a lot of energy," he said.

"I think we will do well this season. It's a massive club, massive fans to play in front of.

"It was a fantastic occasion for me, stepping up from Championship football to Premier League football.

"It's all new and a big step up but I'm ready for that step up.

"Going forward is my main attribute, to help the forwards and the midfielders, but my priority is to defend first."

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