Fabian Delph was thrilled to receive a standing ovation on his exit from action in the 3-0 win over Rotherham.
Villa supporters rose to their feet to applaud the dynamic midfielder when he came off in the 60th minute in B6.
Delph says that kind of appreciation means a lot to him, particularly when he recalls the injury woes he has suffered in his claret and blue career to date.
He said: "The fans have been great with me. They've been patient.
"I think I've been here four years now and I've been injured most of them.
"If I'm being honest if I was a fan I'd probably be a bit frustrated thinking 'Oh when's he going to start playing.'
"All credit to them, though, they've backed me all the way and it was nice to come off and hear the applause from the fans."
Delph was quoted in the matchday programme saying he needed to score more goals and, as if by magic, he popped up with a fantastic effort in the second half.
He was delighted to get on the scoresheet - praising, in the process, Christian Benteke's awareness.
He added: "It was a great feeling ton score.
"I wasn't having the best of games but I kept going and managed to get the goal and pull myself out of it.
"Christian laid me in and he's the type of player who has got everything in his locker. I knew as soon as I laid it to him that I was going to get it back.
"I don't know how, but I knew it would reach me.
"He was moaning that I didn't take it first time with my left foot. I said to him that if I'd have done that I might have hit the corner flag.
"But I've managed to chop it back and put it in the back of the net."
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