Davies admits to horror show

Defender concedes to 'choking' on his Villa debut

Davies: Dire debut

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Curtis Davies has delivered a refreshingly honest assessment of his Aston Villa debut, describing himself as 'awful' and 'not good enough'.

Big things are expected from the England hopeful following his loan switch from Midlands rivals West Brom but on Wednesday, in a Carling Cup tie against Leicester, the central defender endured the proverbial nightmare.

Davies has been desperate to make his Villa bow but the good form of Zat Knight and Martin Laursen has severely limited his opportunities in Martin O'Neill's first team.

And when his chance duly arrived at Villa Park, Davies was far from at his best as Villa slumped to a surprise 1-0 defeat.

Honest assessment

"If I'm not honest with myself, I'll never improve as a player," he told the club's official website.

"It was my debut and I was awful. I didn't contribute anything to the team. I've been bigging myself up saying I was ready and obviously by last night's performance, I'm not good enough to get in the team yet.

"I don't know what it was. I feel fit, I feel fine, so I'm not using any excuses like that. It was just on the day I choked.

"I wasn't nervous before the game and I wasn't nervous out there, it's just I didn't do anything right. It just seemed like it was going to be one of them nights.

"Obviously when you come off losing it's highlighted, whereas if you win the game you can sort of get away with it.

"But I know my personal performance was probably my worst ever. That's how I feel right now. The team I play in is a good team and the performance wasn't up to the standard of this team."

Davies concedes that he is now prepared for a prolonged spell on the bench, or even in the stands.

"I showed exactly what I've not got. I did nothing right, so come Monday if I'm on the bench or even in the stands, I'll accept it."