Cole: Great to score again

The 33-year-old midfielder has had to bide his time since joining Villa from??West Ham in the summer but could not have done much more on his first Premier??League start for the club.

Cole linked up brilliantly with Gabriel Agbonlahor, Tom Cleverley and Andreas??Weimann as the league’s lowest scorers put on a display of attacking intent and??scored his first goal for 11 months late in the first half.

Villa deserved their lead but they lost their impetus after a tiring??Cole went off midway through the second half and Danny Ings earned the hosts a??1-1 draw with an 87th-minute penalty.

Cole said: “It’s always nice to score your first goal for your new club and to??score it on my first league start was great.

“It’s been a long time. I’ve had a few niggly injuries and things but I’m just??here to play football. I want to help the club and help the young players with??my experience and my performances.

“It’s a short career and you want to play football. I’m just disappointed we??didn’t get the three points, which would have made it a cracking day for??everyone.

“I enjoyed it. I like playing with Gabby – and we’ve also got Christian??(Benteke) to come back into the team ??- and Tom and Westy (Ashley Westwood) and??Carlos (Sanchez) and Andi.

“We’ve got good players at the club and we’ve got a good manager, and we just??need to put that together.

“We know we’re not a top-six side at the moment. We’ve got to make sure we??survive in this league first and foremost and then we’ll go on from there.”

Satisfied

Having looked comfortable until Jores Okore conceded the penalty for bringing??down Lukas Jutkiewicz, Villa could easily have lost the game.??

Ings hit a post and Jutkiewicz missed the target with a header from six yards??in a frantic finale that also saw Villa substitute Jack Grealish test Tom??Heaton.

Cole said: “Performance-wise, I think we dominated the first 60 or 70 minutes,??passed the ball well, defended well and we looked like a team that was building??a bit of confidence.

“In the end, it was a bit erratic in the last five or 10 minutes when Burnley??came into the game – both teams would take a point. We probably were the better side but we need to turn those draws??into wins.”

Villa’s nine-game winless run stretches back to mid-September??and fans called for the head of manager Paul Lambert after Ings’ equaliser.

The game came only a day after assistant manager Roy Keane??resigned, citing the demands of his role with the Republic of Ireland national??team.

Cole insisted that had not had an effect, saying: “It’s a Premier League club,??things happens, things go up and down, people come and people go. We just??focused on performing and I thought the boys played well.”

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