By Dan Harrison
Gordon Cowans has praised the impact of Jordan Bowery after the deadline day signing capped an impressive display with his first Villa goal in the U21 clash against Tottenham Hotspur.
Bowery, who signed from Chesterfield in August, scored one and set up another for Graham Burke in Monday's 3-3 draw at White Hart Lane.
Villa's development coach Cowans has been impressed with the 21-year-old's pace, power and ability.
And he believes Bowery's first goal in claret and blue will give him a big lift.
"Jordan Bowery is handful," said Cowans.
"He is a big, powerful lad, a good target man and he has got pace as well.
"He pulls off the shoulders of defenders and gets behind people.
"It is a big thing for him to get his first goal for the football club."
Cowans was particularly pleased with the way Bowery and Burke linked up in attack.
But he was unhappy that his team were unable to hold on after conceding an equaliser seven minutes from time.
Villa came from behind twice through Burke and Bowery before Samir Carruthers gave them the lead midway through the second-half.
"I think the partnership looked good between those two," said Cowans.
"Burkey looked sharp considering he has been out and hasn't played too much football for a while.
"There is no doubt about his talent but he worked really hard as well.
"We are obviously a bit disappointed to go 3-2 up with not long left in the game - we should have seen it through.
"We were behind to start with but got back into the game.
"I thought we were poor for the first 20 minutes then we started to relax a little bit and we were better on the ball and probably created more chances than them.
"I was disappointed with the goals conceded as we need to be defending better than we did."
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