Aston Villa’s loss against Fulham means they are now out of the FA Cup, but there are still reasons for optimism.
There wasn’t too much they could do about the two goals scored by the home side, especially from Orjan Nyland’s point of view, as Anthony Knockaert and Harry Arter produced brilliant efforts.
What will probably be the most pleasing sign is that there were two youngsters making their debuts, as Indiana Vassilev came on for Marvelous Nakamba, while Jacob Ramsey joined him six minutes later.
80′ | Indiana Vassilev is on for his Aston Villa debut!
He replaces Marvelous Nakamba.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) January 4, 2020
With Vassilev being the first of those to come on, Villa fans were especially thrilled when he entered the field of play.
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The 18-year-old American has been impressive for the U23s this campaign, scoring four goals and assisting another two in 12 Premier League 2 appearances.
This meant that fans were pleased to see him on the pitch, as one exclaimed “get the champagne out boys”.
GET THE CHAMPAGNE OUT BOYS
— Aaron Tiwari (@AeroBoyOrigins) January 4, 2020
— lochie (@avfclochie) January 4, 2020
— * (@KyleBillingham_) January 4, 2020
Good to see he has been given his debut.
— Gary Poole (@gary_poole80) January 4, 2020
However, there were some who were not completely happy with Dean Smith, feeling that he should have brought the teenager on earlier.
Indeed, given the time constraints, he didn’t really make much of an impact, making just two passes, of which one was completed, and one interception.
Despite the lack of any big contribution and the final result, this will likely be a day for the youngster to remember, which brought joy to some Villa fans.
20 mins to late
— joe (@Frostyz___) January 4, 2020
— iLennox01 (@iLennox01) January 4, 2020
— Ian (@IMHarbo) January 4, 2020
Took 80 minutes.
— Harvey (@harveyavfc) January 4, 2020