Aston Villa progressed to the third round of the Carabao Cup after beating League One opposition Burton Albion on Tuesday night – and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter praised forward Ollie Watkins for his debut performance.
Dean Smith’s side recorded a 3-1 away win in the cup tie, despite the fact underdogs Burton were ahead in the second minute courtesy of Colin Daniel’s goal.
Premier League side Villa managed to recover and it was summer signing Watkins who equalised before half-time, as he netted a close-range finish in the six-year box on his competitive debut for his new club.
Jack Grealish prevented a penalty shootout with a brilliant volley in the 88th minute to give the Midlands giants the lead, while Keinan Davis also got himself on the scoresheet in stoppage time with a composed left-footed finish.
A selection of Villa supporters on social media were hailing their new signing for his contribution on his debut.
Watkins scored a trademark poacher’s goal after getting on the end of Neil Taylor’s cross and it’s an example of what made him so effective last season in the Championship with Brentford.
The 24-year-old striker finished the campaign with 26 goals across all competitions and is now getting the chance to make his top-flight debut with Villa.
He’s an intelligent centre-forward that previewed against the Burton the kind of movement in his game and an early goal should boost his confidence.
Here are some Villa fans discussing Watkins:
Grealish outstanding, Watkins lively #avfc
— Ash Skinner (@Villaboy89) September 15, 2020
My thoughts from tonight:
– Tonight shows we need to sign 1 or 2 more quality players to add to this squad.
– Watkins off to a flyer. Brilliant debut and should be high in confidence.
– Same goes to Davis, that goal may finally give him the confidence he needs. (1/2)#avfc
— Tom Price 🦁💜💜 (@TomPrice_avfc) September 15, 2020
Watkins is a menace. If we get balls into the box he will score. A fair few of those will have the next round to get themselves in the window. Looked pre season paced, improvements needed. Players still getting match fitness. Into the next round which was key for tonight #AVFC
— John Leavy (@JohnRLeavy) September 15, 2020
Only burton but already big fan of Ollie Watkins 🐐 #avfc
— Tom Brown (@TommmBrownnn) September 15, 2020
Watkins will get 20+ goals this season. #AVFC
— Patrick Murphy (@EvoflashUK) September 15, 2020
👏 Ollie Watkins, big future ahead for Villa #avfc
— Steven O’Driscoll (@NuSoddy) September 15, 2020
Loving the fact Watkins is getting into such good positions on almost every attack. Very promising. #AVFC
— Matt (@reel_villan) September 15, 2020