Friday night proved to be a special occasion for Scott Hogan as the Aston Villa forward made his Republic of Ireland debut.
The 25-year-old played 75 minutes of his team’s 1-0 defeat to Turkey, and will now be looking to make a serious impression for Martin O’Neill’s side moving forward.
Hogan joined Villa from Brentford in January 2017, and the forward managed just one goal in 13 appearances in the second half of the 2016-17 Championship campaign.
Hogan has netted eight goals in 35 appearances for Steve Bruce’s side this term, however, and was rewarded with a call-up to the latest Republic of Ireland squad.
It would be fair to say that a number of Villa fans have been split on Hogan’s overall contribution this season, but many were delighted that the attacker was able to make his international bow.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the Villa supporters, who have watched their team lose their last two Championship fixtures to Queens Park Rangers and Bolton Wanderers, can be seen below:
Disappointing result but to make my international debut was something I’ve worked so hard for. It was an honour, a special night in my career 🇮🇪⚽️ pic.twitter.com/ccT7mdIhOv
— Scott Hogan (@ScottHogan_9) March 23, 2018
Well deserved Scott, pure class #UTV
— Daniel McGough (@DMaCG88) March 26, 2018
Need to start scoring regularly for the villa mate. It's in your locker .
— Russ Simpson (@exactvilla) March 25, 2018
All the fans delighted to see you wearing the jersey. Best wishes for the rest of the season and the push for promotion.
— Niall Leahy SJ (@NiallLeahy) March 24, 2018
You’re the future of our attack so best wishes going forward 🤞
— El Pablo (@eaglism) March 24, 2018
Well done Scotty, you’ve deserved this, hard work & effort pays off 👍👏👏👏
— Lee King (@king220971) March 24, 2018
Keep playing the way you are scott.better times will come no doubt.
— fergal (@ferg60348953) March 24, 2018
Well done Scotty, keep working hard
— Mandm Fleming (@mandmflem) March 24, 2018
Well done Scotty well deserved and the first of many caps. UTV
— AstonVillaClan (@AstonVillaClan) March 24, 2018