Only John Carew could be surrounded by 42,551 spectators (plus 21 football players) and still feel alone. But it does not bother him. Being alone up front is part of his job description.
Carew spent the majority of Aston Villa's match at home to Liverpool last Sunday as the lone striker and, while he did not come close to scoring, he produced a performance that endeared him to his manager.
Martin O'Neill is impressed with how quick-ly, and how well, Carew has settled in at Villa Park, especially given that his record of two goals from six matches is better than his average over the past nine years.
O'Neill, the Villa manager, appears to prefer using Carew as the focal point of a 4-3-2-1 formation, with Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor in withdrawn roles on the flanks.
It did not work against Liverpool but that owed more to the stability of the opposition than the lack of creativity within the Villa team. But Carew is happy to play that role because he knows that Young and Agbonlahor are sure to benefit.
"Sometimes we have to play like that, with me up front by myself, and against Liverpool I was a bit alone sometimes but that is no problem," Carew said. "I try to give 100 per cent with every possibility I have and create chances.
"I hope the movements around can be good and sometimes they are and then we create chances like we did at the end of the first half. We were solid defensively but maybe we had a bit more difficulty than normal in making chances upfront.
"It was a good point. Our ambition is to win against any team at home but a point is a point and we met a good team. We were solid and they didn't make a lot of chances. We didn't make a lot of chances either. But at least we got one point."
Young has only scored once since moving to Villa in January and has not settled in as quickly as Carew.
"Ashley Young is very promising, very intelligent, he has got a lot of football in his head so he will be a great player for sure," Carew said. "But he is a player you have to give time but, for sure, he will become a very important player for the club. It was important to pick up something. We always go for three points at home and that should be in your head all the time whether it is Chelsea, Arsenal, or Liverpool, Manchester United. I am sure we will be doing it soon.
"We just have to focus on each match and try and take one game at a time and be convinced we have the possibility to take three points."
Agbonlahor has praised O'Neill for providing the club's younger players with first-team opportunities.
Agbonlahor, who closes in on a new long-term deal with Villa, had played every minute of every match for the club this season before he was substituted in the away clash with Reading in early February.
It was a testament to the belief shown in the striker by O'Neill, who has been unafraid to dip into Villa's conveyor belt of academy-produced talent since he succeeded David O'Leary last August.
"As a kid you want to play Premier League football," Agbonlahor said. "You want to play every minute of every game and I did that up until the Reading match.
"You still have to pinch yourself sometimes. At the beginning of the season, with a new manager coming in, you don't know if you are going to play.
"But he shows encouragement and confidence in the players. Even if you are having a bad game, he will retain confidence in you.
"It is encouraging that the gaffer is willing to give youngsters a chance. If you are good enough, age doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if you are 17, 18, whatever, he will play you.
"It's good because some of us have been playing together from the youth team, then into the reserves and now into the senior squad. There is a special bond."
Agbonlahor, who joined Villa as a 14-year-old, has had to adjust to playing in a wide role for much of the campaign after previously playing as a striker but he believes it can help his all-round game.
"I have to improve my heading, my runs, holding up the ball," Agbonlahor said. "There is a lot to learn and hopefully that will come in time.
"Since I was in the youth team, I've played down the centre and not much on the wings. I've had to get used to that but it helps to play in different positions and makes you more aware."