Rushian Hepburn-Murphy reacts to Aston Villa U23 goal and win

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa smiles prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on January 8, 2017 in London, England.

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy did his chances of getting back into the Aston Villa first-team no harm at all.

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (2nd R) of Aston Villa replaces Scott Sinclair (1st R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United at Villa Park on May 7, 2016...

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy took to Twitter in the wake of Aston Villa's under-23 side's victory over Reading on Monday night as he staked a claim for more first-team football with a goal in the 3-1 win.

Hepburn-Murphy's spell with the Villans appears to have stagnated somewhat in recent times largely due to injury, and unfortunately for the young striker, Villa's position in the Championship promotion hunt surely makes Steve Bruce taking a chance on him this season seem unlikely.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa smiles prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on January 8, 2017 in London, England.

However, the 19-year-old appears to be doing all he can to send a message to Bruce as he scored his fifth goal in as many games for the under-23s this season as they ran out winners against the Royals this week. Villa also benefited from two own goals in the game.

And after the victory, the youngster took to social media to celebrate the win and the fact that he has got onto the scoresheet once again.

With Fulham and Cardiff City in stunning form right now, it would be a huge shock if Bruce decided to throw any of the under-23 regulars into his first-team squad for the time-being as Villa could end up needing a flawless run in the final 10 games to stand a chance of finishing in the top two.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on April 17, 2017 in London, England.

But Bruce will still be pleased that Hepburn-Murphy is continuing to find the back of the net, as there may still be an opportunity for the teenager to get a run-out if the side have a game in the bag long before the end.

And with none of Villa's strikers proving to be particularly prolific this season - though Lewis Grabban's loan spell has started extremely well - there seems no reason why, if Hepburn-Murphy gets that chance, he cannot stake a genuine claim for further game-time with a fantastic performance. 

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