Ørjan Nyland’s first appearance of the season came in dramatic fashion on Sunday.
The Norwegian ’keeper was called upon to replace Jed Steer just seven minutes into the game against Wolves, with the man he replaced having been thrust into the line-up himself after an injury to No1 Tom Heaton.
It was Nyland’s first taste of senior action since he ruptured his Achilles eleven months ago, and while pleased to make his Premier League debut, the 29-year-old rued the manner in which he got his opportunity.
He said: “It was zero to 100 from my point of view. You never want to replace an injured teammate, but for me it was about doing the thing that I’ve been working for.
“I know both sides of the game. I know how it feels to be the number one and I know how it feels to prepare the other guy every day.
“You just have to work every day and be ready. I got my opportunity today and I just had to try and grab it.”
Nyland and Villa were on the back foot for the majority of the first 45 minutes, with Ruben Neves sending a powerful drive past him to open the scoring.
The ‘keeper made a number of saves but was powerless to stop Raul Jimenez from wrapping up a Wolves win in the final ten minutes.
Nyland knows the team have to be better than their first half display at Molineux, pointing to the positives of their second half performance.
He said: “We all agreed at half-time that we had to go out and be better, and we did play better in the second half.
“That’s something we can take away for the next couple of games. But for the rest of the season, we need to start brightly and not give the opposition an advantage.
“We dictated the second half, created chances and I felt like we could have had the equaliser, but unfortunately it was too late by the time we scored.”