Herd eyes more playing time
Aston Villa midfielder Chris Herd pledges to continue to work hard to cement his place in the starting line-up.
By Subhankar Mondal
Last Updated: 01/11/11 6:16pm
Aston Villa midfielder Chris Herd is pleased to have played against Sunderland on Saturday and has pledged to continue to work hard to cement his place in the starting line-up.
Herd featured against the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League in what was his second successive start for the Villans.
The 22-year-old was initially banned for three matches following his dismissal against West Bromwich Albion but the suspension was overturned last Tuesday after a successful appeal.
The Australian midfielder now wants to continue his progress at Villa Park and hopes to be more involved as the season unfolds.
"It was a hectic week," Herd told the club's official website. "There was the red card on Saturday, appealing it Monday and then finding out Tuesday that it had been rescinded.
"I was really pleased with that but still disappointed that we couldn't get the three points back.
"But you must always look forward and it definitely gave me a boost to get picked by the gaffer again. I want to work hard and stay in the team."
Herd also reflected on his team's performance against Sunderland in a match that ended in a 2-2 draw and conceded that he was disappointed with the eventual result.
"I thought the boys played really well," he explained. "We were all devastated in the end that we didn't come away with the three points rather than the one point. We had a good chance to do that but it wasn't to be.
"There were lots of plus points to take despite the late goal. You have to take the positives from any game, whatever the result. There were certainly lots to take away from Sunderland.
"I thought we played much better, I thought we did well and created plenty of chances - and there were two fine goals for us.
"Overall I thought we deserved three points but unfortunately it wasn't to be," added Herd.
"We won't be dwelling on that though. Our minds are now fully focused on the next match against Norwich.
"We will take the positives into that game, no doubt."