Huddersfield Town fans might not hold Ross McCormack in high regard.
But the Scotland striker who once starred for old rivals Leeds United has praised David Wagner’s side.
McCormack, a £12m buy from Fulham, scored his first goal for Aston Villa in Tuesday’s Championship clash with Town.
But hopes of a home victory were ended by a second-half fightback which culminated in a late leveller by substitute Michael Hefele.
And McCormack accepted the 1-1 draw was a fair outcome.
“I’d love to say it was daylight robbery, but that wasn’t the case,” said the 29-year-old, who has often been a thorn in Town’s side.
“We went 1-0 up, had a couple of chances and right on half-time Jordan Ayew had a decent chance and if he takes that it’s 2-0 and we’re comfortable.
“But in the second half, fair play to Huddersfield, they were the better team.
“We didn’t really get going in the second half but Huddersfield were really good.
“In the end they were probably good value for the 1-1 draw.”
German defender Hefele diverted home a clearance by keeper Pierluigi Gollini to mark his first Championship appearance in style.
McCormack backed Villa’s new Italian signing to bounce back from the slip-up.
“It’s happened to many goalkeepers before,” he said.
“Pierluigi had made a couple of saves already before that. He will make loads more and he’ll save us more points than he costs us in the end.
“The boys will rally around him if he needs it but he’s a strong character so he’ll be fine.”
While Town host Barnsley on Saturday, Villa head to Derby County for a tea-time clash.