By Dan Harrison
Enda Stevens made a 'pitch' perfect Villa Park debut this week - and he hopes it will be the first of many appearances at the famous arena.
Stevens made his bow at the club's home stadium on Monday in the reserve team's 4-0 victory over Newcastle United.
All of his previous matches for the second string since joining from Shamrock Rovers came either on the road or at the Bodymoor Heath training ground.
The Irish full-back made sure he absorbed every minute of his inaugural Villa Park playing experience, from the minute he stepped out of the dressing room on to the hallowed turf.
And his first appearance in B6 has left him craving more.
"It is a good feeling to go in the dressing room, put on the jersey and then to come out at Villa Park on any occasion, no matter what it is," said Stevens.
"It was excellent. The pitch is unbelievable out there, it is a nice size, the grass is cut perfectly and it is a massive stadium.
"The atmosphere is always good for the Premier League games and it is just good to be involved."
It was also a first opportunity for many Villa supporters to see Stevens in action since his January transfer.
The 21-year-old left-back gave an excellent account of himself with a series of motoring runs and a willingness to join in attacks.
He almost got on the scoresheet late on but saw his left-foot drive parried by Newcastle keeper Alex Baird.
"I came close," he added. "It is the closest I have come so far but hopefully there is more to come.
"I like getting forward and you get chance to when you have got people that are so good on the ball.
"You don't have to worry as much about getting back because you can trust them on the ball so it gives you the license to roam forward and then they find you.
"My aim is always to get as many crosses in and keep the ball as much as I can."
Stevens has relished slotting in to the title-chasing reserves side, who are unbeaten since his arrival.
Five straight wins have put Kevin MacDonald's men in the driving seat for a fourth Reserve League South title in five years.
"In my first game we drew 1-1 with Arsenal but since then we've kicked on and absolutely battered some teams," he added.
"We've played very well and when the senior lads like Barry Bannan have come in they've just upped it in class."
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