The 20-year-old striker took full advantage of a rare appearance to earn his side three points with a 92nd minute winner against Fulham to pull them 11 points clear of relegation
The 20-year-old pounced on Mark Schwarzer’s parry of a Gary Gardner shot to tuck home the 92nd minute winner against Fulham on Saturday.
The striker has found opportunities hard to come by at Villa Park, making just seven appearances since his 2010 arrival, being shipped out on loan to Watford twice within the last 14 months.
However, after earning his side three valuable points in their battle to avoid a late-season relegation scrap, more action on the pitch under Alex McLeish is his No.1 aim.
"It's brilliant for myself but I think for the team it's unbelievable because we have not won for a long time at home at Villa Park," he told Sky Sports.
"You can see the fans' reaction too when I scored so I'm a happy man at present.
"I have been waiting for a long time but now I've got my chance, I've scored my goal and hopefully I will get more chances between now and the end of the season.
"I think it's good for the youth team because there are so many players from the youth squad coming up and this is encouragement that they can get there."