Now he will look to maintain that form as Villa launch their Carling Cup campaign at Wrexham.
Barry said: "Ashley was absolutely brilliant on Saturday. Throughout the game we fed him the ball and he tormented the Fulham defence.
"He particularly caused problems for the right-back (Chris Baird), who eventually got sent off in the second half.
"All I know is that if Ashley can play like that every week, he won't be far off player of the year honours - and obtaining full England recognition."