The 26-year-old stunning trio of goals should have been enough to wrap up a victory for the visitors at City Ground but Kelvin Wilson’s last-gasp goal, following strikes from Dextor Blackstock and Henri Lansbury, salvaged a draw for the hosts.
Nonetheless, the English winger took to Instagram soon after the full-time whistle to express his delight at his cameo. He them insisted that the club - who take on Bournemouth in the first fixture of the new campaign next weekend - are all set for the season ahead.
Having watched his teammates from the sidelines, Gary Gardner also shared his full-time views, this time on Twitter.
The England Under 21 international, who spent the previous season on loan at the City Ground, suggested that the draw was the fair result for both sides - although his shared interests may have clouded his judgement somewhat.
Gardner will be eager to break into the Villa first-team set-up this season, having emerged as a key figure in in Dougie Freedman's Nottingham Forest revival last term, which saw the Reds finish the campaign in 14th place.