Given Stevens’ performance it was almost the Enda of Valencia last weekend, and guess what, he loved it!
Speaking to the Official Site Stevens’ said he was delighted with the faith Paul Lambert put in him by starting him in the game, and he certainly hopes he’s done enough to keep his place when our injury list looks a bit healthier.
‘It was a great feeling to play. It was great to think the manager had the faith to throw me in against a team like Manchester United, I will take a lot of confidence from that and hopefully kick on now. It’s a dream for anyone to play against Man Utd, luckily for me it was on my debut, it was a brilliant experience.’
Enda had great praise for his team mates during the game, and he has held his hands up for their winner, saying:
‘Christian was unbelievable while Gabby, Stevie and Andi were attacking brilliantly. We were holding them tight, the lad in midfield were doing great. It was my fault for the third goal because I didn’t quite track his run, to play at this level you’ve got to be focused for 90 minutes and I switched off, so I’m gutted at the fact that I conceded a goal. It’s not taken the gloss off making my debut, but I’m devastated that we lost the game.’
Nice to not see him duck responsibility or try and find excuses, attitude is spot on and if he hurt as much as he says, then that won’t be a mistake he makes too often again in the future and all you can ask from younger players, especially on their debuts, is to learn as much as possible so they never make the same mistakes twice.
Many didn’t seem too enamoured with his signing and he had a lot of question marks over him, but despite that mistake, I think Enda has won a lot of friends on the back of that performance. Now of course, he has to keep his head down, analyse his own performance, and learn from each moment so he can kick on.
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