Midfielder Marc Albrighton believes his first full season has been a success despite Aston Villa's struggles.
The 21-year-old has impressed this term in a Villa shirt, providing a bright point in a season that has otherwise been a disappointing one for the Midlands club.
While bitter local rivals Birmingham City have lifted the Carling Cup, Villa find themselves 13th in the league, still very much embroiled in a relegation fight.
The 21-year-old admits that, while his side have often failed to fire on all cylinders, he has improved as a player and thrived in his role at Villa Park.
"There's been some bad times, collectively we've not had the best of seasons because of where we are in the division and there's been some disappointing results and games that we should have won," the winger told the club's official site.
"On that note it's not been great. But on a personal level it's been brilliant and I hope to keep going and pushing on.
"My defensive work is massively important for every game. I have had that drilled into me since I have been at Villa.
"It's not all about attacking, scoring goals and making chances, if you're leaking them at the other end, you're not going to win football games.
"I have to do my defensive work as well as my attacking side. That's part of my job. All the top wingers get back to help their full-back out. It's vital."
Unsurprisingly the England Under-21 international lists his goal against Manchester United at Villa Park as the high point of his season thus far.
"My goal against Manchester United has got to be the highlight for me," he added.
"To score your first goal at Villa Park in front of the Holte End against a team like Manchester United was so special."