Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was understandably thrilled with his debut for the club on Monday night.

The debutant saved John Lundstram’s penalty in a topsy-turvy first half, which also seen Sheffield United reduced to ten men when John Egan was sent off for tussling with Ollie Watkins. Martinez gave his side the platform from which to build, and Ezri Konsa’s header eventually won it for Dean Smith’s side.

The Argentinian shot stopper, who signed from Arsenal in a move worth around £20m just last week, compared his performance to scoring a hat-trick and urged his team mates to push on for the rest of the season.

He said: “When you get three points, a clean sheet and a penalty save; it’s like scoring a hat-trick for me. “I have to give confidence to the back-four. That was my only target, today I did it, and hopefully I keep doing that during the whole season, with consistency.

Villa will be hoping to build on a season where they barely survived the drop, and have splashed the cash during pre-season. Watkins and Matty Cash also made their first Villa appearances alongside Martinez against the Blades, and Lyon winger Bertrand Traore is set to make his debut soon as well.

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