By Will Butcher
Gary Gardner has revealed that scoring the first Aston Villa goal of his career was the “best feeling ever”.
The 24-year-old struck his first goal in a claret and blue shirt against arch enemies Birmingham, five years after making his debut for the Midlands giants.
Gardner, who played for the full 90 minutes during the 1-1 Championship draw, revealed on his personal Twitter account that he was delighted to score but disappointed that his side failed to secure three points.
Villa’s number 22 started the Midlands derby alongside midfielders Mile Jedinak and Ashley Westwood, as Steve Bruce’s new side stretched their unbeaten run to four games under the 55-year-old.
Gary, younger brother of West Brom star Craig Gardner, has failed to feature on a regular basis for Villa in recent seasons but has since become one of the first names on the team sheet at Villa Park.
Gardner’s goal looked to have given Bruce’s side an impressive away victory at St. Andrews, before midfielder David Davis struck for Gary Rowett’s side with an impressive effort from the edge of the area.
With the spoils shared, Villa remain in the bottom half of the table in 16th place as they look to distance themselves from the Championship relegation zone.
In other Aston Villa news, Ian Taylor has posted this Twitter verdict on Villa’s draw.