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.

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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