Game | #5550 | 

Season | 2019-20 |

Matchday | #8 |
Manager Game | #46 |     
Wednesday, 25 September 2019
EFL Cup | 3rd Round | Away | Brighton & Hove Albion | AMEX Stadium | 14,982 | 

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Game Summary |

Manager | Dean Smith | 

KO | 19.45 |
Referee | Graham Scott | 

 HT Score | 2-0 | 
 FT Score | 3-1 | 

 FT Result | Won | 

Last 5 Games | WLDLW | 

Scorers | Jota | 22’ | Conor Hourihane | 33’ | Jack Grealish | 77’ |

Assists | Keinan Davis | 33’ |

Team News |

Villa's youngest 1st XI of the season to date as another raft of changes were made for the EFL Cup with only midfielder John McGinn and winger Trézéguet getting a second consecutive run out. Having lost his starting place in the league to Marvelous Nakamba, Douglas Luiz was recalled to the first XI. As with the previous EFL Cup game Jed Steer was named in goal whilst there were again starting spots for Matt Targett, Ezri Konsa and Kortney Hause. Jota returned having lost his place in the previous game and Keinan Davis came in for his second start of the season. Villa named a stronger bench than in the previous EFL game with with Jack Grealish, Wesley, Anwar El Ghazi, Frédéric Guilbert and Tyrone Mings named whilst Ørjan Nyland was sub goalkeeper and 18 year old Jacob Ramsey kept his substitute place from the previous cup fixture.

 

Line Up |

GK Jed Steer |
LB Matt Targett |
CB Ezri Konsa |
 BOOKED | 85' |
CB Kortney Hause |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady |
M Douglas Luiz |
M Conor Hourihane |
 GOAL | 33' |
M John McGinn | SUB OFF | 66' |
W Jota | GOAL | 22' | 
W Trézéguet | SUB OFF | 80' |
CF Keinan Davis | ASSIST | 33' |

Substitutes |

M Jack Grealish | GOAL | 77' | for M John McGinn | 66’ | 
M Jacob Ramsey | for W Trézéguet | 80’ |

 

Unused Substitutes |

Ørjan Nyland |
CF Wesley |
W Anwar El Ghazi |
RB Frédéric Guilbert |
CB Tyrone Mings |

Cards |

 Yellow | Ezri Konsa | 85’ | 

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 25.38 | 

Substitute Average Age | 21.20 | 

Oldest Player | RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 32.07 |

Youngest Player (Starter) | M Douglas Luiz | 21.39 |

Youngest Player (Substitute) | M Jacob Ramsey | 18.32 |

Not selected |

GK Tom Heaton |

LB Neil Taylor |

M Henri Lansbury |

M Marvelous Nakamba |

CB Björn Engels |

GK Lovre Kalinić |

CF Cameron Archer |

Unavailable | 

Injury | 3 |

CB James Chester | 10 Aug - Mid Oct |

CF Jonathan Kodjia | 17 Aug - Mid Oct |

M Henri Lansbury | 25 Sep - Early Oct |

 

Loaned Out | 6 |
GK Matija Šarkić | Livingston | 1 July 2019 - 31 May 2020 |
CM Jake Doyle-Hayes | Cheltenham Town | 1 August 2019 - 31 May 2020 | 
CF Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | Tranmere Rovers | 2 August 2019 - 31 May 2020 | 
CF Scott Hogan | Stoke City | 7 August 2019 - 31 May 2020 | 
RB James Bree | Luton Town | 8 August 2019 - 31 May 2020 | 
CF Callum O’Hare | Coventry City | 22 August 2019 - 31 May 2020 | 

Match Stats |

Possession F | 70
Possession A | 30
Shots F | 28
Shots A | 14
Shots on Target F | 10
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 11
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 11
Fouls A | 7

Match Report

*BBC Sport*

*Wednesday 25 September 2019*

*Conor Hourihane scored his third Carabao Cup goal of the season against Brighton to help send Aston Villa into the fourth round.*
 

Republic of Ireland midfielder Hourihane produced a crisp finish to double Villa’s lead after Spanish forward Jota had opened the scoring.
 

Brighton, who made 11 changes, pulled a goal back through Haydn Roberts, 17, in the all-Premier League clash.
Substitute Jack Grealish sealed Villa’s passage by adding a third goal.

 

Grealish hit a powerful half-volley to earn Villa their first win since 27 August, teeing up a fourth-round home tie with West Midlands rivals Wolves.
 

Brighton boss Graham Potter opted to hand senior debuts to seven academy players from the start, including goalscorer Roberts.
Substitutes Ryan Longman, Romaric Yapi and Jack Spong eventually took that total to 10.

 

Yet Brighton’s youthful starting line-up, with an average age of just over 21, were outclassed for much of the tie.
 

Trailing 2-0, the hosts were unfortunate not to halve the deficit when Aaron Connolly struck the bar just before the break.
By then Villa were in control, Jota scoring his first goal since a summer move from neighbours Birmingham before Hourihane’s emphatic finish made it 2-0.

 

Roberts did give the hosts hope after nodding home from a corner only for Grealish to seal victory for the visitors.
 

*Brighton boss Graham Potter, on whether he could have fielded a more experienced side:*”Not really, not with the situation we’ve got - a couple of injuries, a couple of lads sick as well.


“So we’re just going through that little phase at the moment.
 

“In the last round we were able to do a bit more experience and it would have been preferable to have a couple more around but it wasn’t to be at this stage.
 

“A couple were close but it just wasn’t worth the risk really.
 

“It was a spirited performance from our boys, they gave everything, up against a quality team that deserved to go through.”
 

*Aston Villa boss Dean Smith:* “As a Villa supporter, I’ve seen teams that have come unstuck in situations like that, whether it’s a youthful team or a lower-league team.
 

“The words I said to them were attitude, application and teamwork and I thought we got that in abundance tonight and they have done it right.
 

“This football club has got a very proud history in all cup competitions - we’ve won this five times, we’ve won the FA Cup seven times.
 

“You’ve seen the numbers that have travelled down from Birmingham and they deserve our utmost respect - and we’ve given it that tonight.”