Herd plays as Villa earn EPL safety

May 6, 2012

Chris Herd's humbling week ended on a positive note as Aston Villa guaranteed their place in the English Premier League next season with a 1-1 draw against Tottenham.

The 23-year-old Australian was fined by the Birmingham club for his part in a nightclub scuffle just before 3am on Tuesday following the club's awards night.

Video footage showed the normally mild-mannered Herd kicking out several times and needing to be restrained by his teammates.

He has publicly apologised along with teammates James Collins and Fabian Delph for their misbehaviour.

In a show of faith, coach Alex McLeish selected Herd and the defensive midfielder played a full match at Villa Park as the club secured a spot in the top-flight for another season.

The uncapped Herd was called up for Australia's World Cup qualifiers last year against Thailand and Oman only to be ruled out with injury.

He is expected to be considered when Socceroos coach Holger Osieck picks his squad for the June 2 friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen followed by a World Cup qualifier in Oman six days later.

Meanwhile, Socceroo Brett Holman played his final match in the Netherlands before making his off-season move to Aston Villa.

His club AZ Alkmaar recorded a 1-0 home win over FC Groningen with Holman being replaced in the 73rd minute.