Jordan Veretout has told Aston Villa's official site that he was surprised by the vociferous atmosphere that was created at Villa Park during the Capital One Cup tie against Birmingham City.
Villa took on Birmingham in the League Cup in September, and they beat their local rivals 1-0 in the fixture, thanks to a Rudy Gestede header.
The noise levels at Villa Park reached deafening levels at stages during the contest, and Veretout admits he was taken aback by the atmosphere generated.
"The atmosphere in our last home game was unbelievable," he said.
"I expected the stadium to be really noisy because it was a derby game but perhaps I didn't expect the supporters to be quite as loud as they were.
"Coming from a different country, it was important for me to understand how important the game was to our supporters and in the weeks leading up to the game they would stop me in the street and tell me to make sure we won the match.
"So I'm glad we managed to do that and send them home happy."
Villa's win over Birmingham was a high point of a season which has been a major disappointment so far.
The Claret and Blues have struggled through their opening fixtures, and have won just once in the Premier League to date.
Tim Sherwood's side have looked out of sorts, with their poor form leaving them four points adrift of safety and having to play catch up, even at this early stage of the new term.
Veretout has been one of Villa's new arrivals that has not settled too well so far, with the midfielder's performances being inconsistent.
Although the 22-year-old has shown glimpses of quality, he will have to start performing at a much higher level to justify the £8 million transfer fee, as reported by the Daily Mail, that Villa splashed out to bring him to the Midlands over the summer.