Aston Villa winger Albert Adomah has set sights on keeping his spot in Steve Bruce’s XI following an outstanding performance on his first league start of the season on Saturday.
After three substitute appearances this campaign, the Ghana international made the most of a rare opportunity at Oakwell Stadium, registering a double as the Villans recorded a 3-0 away triumph over Barnsley.
“I was happy to score two goals against Barnsley and help the team,” Adomah told his club’s official website.
“It’s always difficult for the manager when it comes to selection. It’s the way you deal with missing out that counts.
“I’ve been training hard, the manager picked me and I showed what I could do. Hopefully I can keep it up and carry on being selected.”
The result, as much, lifted pressure off Bruce’s outfit, having drawn their last three Championship games prior.
“It’s great when you get a victory – it’s buzzing around the place,” Adomah added.
“Our aim was to get three points at Barnsley and we achieved that. It was one of our best performances of the season so far – especially away from home, where it’s more difficult. We deserved it.
“Even though we hadn’t been defeated in five games, we were still a bit disappointed coming into it. It was a bit mellow because the draws we’d been getting should have been wins. They’ve felt like losses.
“Last season was the same – draws felt like defeats. That reflects the expectation here and only wins matter.
“Hopefully now we can get back-to-back wins. We’ve won our first away game and now we need to get it right again this week.”
Villa host Middlesbrough in the League Cup on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s Championship fixture with Nottingham Forest.