Date: 16th August 2018 at 7:00am
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Rushian Hepburn-Murphy received his first Aston Villa start in Tuesday evening’s EFL Cup First Round clash with Yeovil Town.

Taking a 1-0 victory on the night with Conor Hourihane scoring a second-half goal as Jonathan Kodjia turned into the provider, 19-year-old Hepburn-Murphy was rewarded by manager Steve Bruce for his efforts and continued development in the game as he was one of a couple of youngsters leaned on to freshen things up.

With substitute showings so far in 2018/19 in matches against Hull City and Wigan Athletic, RHM had deserved the start but being one of nine changes overall, that probably didn’t help him – but he certainly put the effort in and that was richly appreciated by fans.

Tweeting himself following the narrow victory, he took the praise back from our social media fans. Acknowledging how tough and tricky the game was, with his comment of ‘learning curve’ probably went over extremely well.

It’s fair to say some comments weren’t as positive, and no doubt RHM would’ve hoped for a better full senior bow but now it’s over to the lad himself to make more of his next opportunity and show it was a ‘learning curve’ that he’s completely learned from.

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