Andre Green has told Aston Villa’s official site that the reception the fans have given him since he broke into the first team has given him great confidence.
Green has featured as a substitute in two of Villa’s recent matches against Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City.
The atmosphere around Villa Park throughout those games was one of frustration, but Green’s introduction seemed to hearten the crowd.
And the 17-year-old says that the way he was cheered onto the pitch by supporters of the Claret and Blues was a massive help.
"So to have their support was unbelievable. It gave me confidence and made me feel so tall - I wasn't scared to do anything,” he said.
"I wanted to get on the ball as much as I could and impress the manager and the fans.
"The reaction and encouragement I got from the crowd gave me goose bumps.”
There have been calls for Villa to start playing their youngsters, with their relegation to the Championship now inevitable.
Villa are currently 15 points adrift of safety, and there is a feeling that things could not get any worse if they were to give their youth team prospects a chance.
Jordan Lyden and Green are the players that Villa have tested out in the senior squad recently, but others could be in line to be handed their debuts before the end of the campaign.
Temporary manager Eric Black has already stated his willingness to look towards the club’s youngsters, and more could be handed their chances in the coming weeks.
Villa’s next match comes against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.