After a night to reflect, Aston Villa's Rushian Hepburn-Murphy sends this message

Aston Villa's teenage forward has explained the continuing shock at making his senior debut.

It was a day he will never forget, and now Aston Villa striker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy still cannot quite believe he made his senior debut this weekend, despite having a night to sleep on it.

The 16-year-old joins a small group of youngsters in turning out for a Premier League side’s first-team at such a young age, and on Sunday he took to Twitter to explain how he was thinking in the cold light of day.

“Yesterday is struggling to sink (in),” he wrote, “The effects left on me of the incredible experience I had is unexplainable. It all still don’t seem real (sic).”

Hepburn-Murphy came on for the last seven minutes, and in so doing he became the fourth youngest player ever to turn out for a Premier League side.

Villa manager Tim Sherwood sprang a surprise when he named the youngster on the substitutes’ bench, but with his side 4-0 up he went one better, giving the player a day he will never forget.

Villa’s victory saw them take a big step towards Premier League safety, although there is still plenty of football to be played. But as for Hepburn-Murphy, he now has a manager who is famed for giving youth a chance…as proved yet again this weekend.

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