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Stevens Talks United

Given Stevens' performance it was almost the Enda of Valencia last weekend, and guess what, he loved it!

Speaking to the Official Site Stevens' said he was delighted with the faith Paul Lambert put in him by starting him in the game, and he certainly hopes he's done enough to keep his place when our injury list looks a bit healthier.

'It was a great feeling to play. It was great to think the manager had the faith to throw me in against a team like Manchester United, I will take a lot of confidence from that and hopefully kick on now. It's a dream for anyone to play against Man Utd, luckily for me it was on my debut, it was a brilliant experience.'

Enda had great praise for his team mates during the game, and he has held his hands up for their winner, saying:

'Christian was unbelievable while Gabby, Stevie and Andi were attacking brilliantly. We were holding them tight, the lad in midfield were doing great. It was my fault for the third goal because I didn't quite track his run, to play at this level you've got to be focused for 90 minutes and I switched off, so I'm gutted at the fact that I conceded a goal. It's not taken the gloss off making my debut, but I'm devastated that we lost the game.'

Nice to not see him duck responsibility or try and find excuses, attitude is spot on and if he hurt as much as he says, then that won't be a mistake he makes too often again in the future and all you can ask from younger players, especially on their debuts, is to learn as much as possible so they never make the same mistakes twice.

Many didn't seem too enamoured with his signing and he had a lot of question marks over him, but despite that mistake, I think Enda has won a lot of friends on the back of that performance. Now of course, he has to keep his head down, analyse his own performance, and learn from each moment so he can kick on.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 14 2012

Time: 4:07PM

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Nice to see him take responsibility for the goal, apart from that I thought he was great, proud of my fellow Dubliner.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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14/11/2012 16:45:00

He was for 70 mins - which is why Lambert should have taken him off. They were bound to score from that flank based on how much ball they directed to that side and the lack of game time together for that back four. I still contend that we lost at least a point due to Lambert's continuing naivete with substitutions...its like they re pre programmed and no matter what happens in the game thats how they re going down. As a side issue - how can Benteke be beating Weimann 2 to 1 on the MOTM poll.
malacaxeta
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14/11/2012 17:44:00

Young Enda certainy did his future Villa Park opportunities no harm at all with last weekends performance. I happen to be of the opinion though that Joe Bennett, from what I've seen of him so far, has enough about him to be our first choice left full back for a long, long time, but it's good to know that in Enda Stevens we have potentially another highly promising left back, someone capable of pushing Bennett all the way. Certainly as a second choice left back right now, I'd opt for Stevens over Eric Lichaj, any day of the week.
glensider
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14/11/2012 18:03:00

A respectable performance on Saturday regardless of the mistake. Imagine Warnock playing instead of Enda! We would have been thrashed. He has staked his claim for the left back position.
sherlockgt
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14/11/2012 19:38:00

He certainly deserves to keep his place this coming weekend whatever.
Pride of Lions
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15/11/2012 01:01:00

have to admit, I thought he might have had a very embarrassing afternoon. So very very happy that he was able to prove the worry totally wrong. Lad did very well.
the Fear
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15/11/2012 14:22:00

As an Edna fan I'm glad he got a run out to show us what he can do, it's all good, a nice bit of healthy competiton at LB now, hurrah.
Green Villan
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15/11/2012 15:49:00

 

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