Richard Dunne admitted his "respect" for Manchester City and their fans stopped him from celebrating his first goal for Aston Villa in the 1-1 draw against his former club.
The Irishman spent nine years with City before making the £6million switch to Villa five weeks ago following the arrival of Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott at Eastlands.
Dunne headed Villa in front against City but refused to celebrate his goa and was applauded by the City fans for his actions.
A second-half goal from Craig Bellamy earned City a share of the spoils and Dunne admits he has too many fond memories of City to celebrate scoring against them.
"It just seems to happen when you are up against a former club," said Dunne. "People seem to score. I don't have a celebration for when I score. Usually if I score, it's a surprise. I don't know when it is going to happen.
"But, as much as it was nice to score my first goal here in front of the Villa fans, I still have to remember how Manchester City have helped me throughout my career.
"You have to remember Man City looked after me for a long time. I enjoyed my time at City and respect the fans and everyone there so it was the right thing to do for me.
"It gave us a good start in the game and unfortunately we couldn't go on to get the second.
"But City are a top side who are going to challenge for the top four this season and, for us to play as well as we did, is a good sign for us."