Like any true professional, John McGinn was gutted to taste defeat at the weekend.
But our midfield gem also took huge positives from the way we played against Champions of Europe, Liverpool – the Reds only beating us with two late goals at Villa Park.
Despite the result, McGinn believes we’re only moving in one direction – UP!
He said: “A performance like this would have been unthinkable a few months ago.
“But we’ve got as group of players here that want to keep learning and, at Villa Park, anything is possible.
“The atmosphere was unreal and we kept pushing and pushing. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be our day. Maybe the next time they come calling, we’ll be a bit closer.
“There is so much interest in Villa at the minute, the club is only going one way.
“If we play like that for the rest of the season, we’ll be fine.
“We’re gutted. You’re playing against a top team and we gave such a good account of ourselves and worked so hard – to get undone by two headers is just poor defending.
“But overall we’ve got to be proud of how we played.
“I was speaking to a couple of the Liverpool lads and they said how impressed they were at the way we played them – carry that on and I’m sure we’ll be fine.”