Alan Hutton hails 'second Aston Villa debut'

Alan Hutton of Scotland during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group A match between Scotland and Croatia at Hampden Park on October 15, 2013
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Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton admits that it was "difficult" being out of the first-team picture for a prolonged spell, but was delighted to return this weekend.

Alan Hutton has admitted that he was thrilled to have made his "second debut" for Aston Villa this weekend.

The Scotland international had been frozen out of the first-team picture for the last two years, but he was brought back into the fold by manager Paul Lambert for yesterday's 1-0 away victory against Stoke City.

"It is unbelievable to come away from the Britannia Stadium with a win, being as hard a place as it is to get three points," Sky Sports News quotes Hutton as saying. "And with it also being a second debut for myself, it was brilliant."

Asked how he found being away from the team for a prolonged spell, the 29-year-old added: "Obviously it is difficult, but you just work hard and try your best, and when you get given a chance you have to take it."

Villa return to action next weekend with a home match against Newcastle United.

Alan Hutton of Aston Villa in action during the pre season friendly match between Burton Albion and Aston Villa at the Pirelli Stadium on July 14, 2012
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