Date: 15th August 2018 at 3:58pm
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With Tuesday evening’s victory over Yeovil Town in the EFL Cup, Aston Villa narrowly booked their place in the Second Round draw for the competition.

It was a much-changed side with manager Steve Bruce making nine changes and we did get a debut for new goalkeeper Andre Moreira and we saw youngsters Jake Doyle-Hayes and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy come into the starting eleven.

It was a poor and fragmented performance though, even if there were some positives to take.

With a disallowed goal for the hosts as well as a penalty save from Moreira, we ultimately just about did enough as Conor Hourihane’s second-half goal was enough to separate the sides at the full-time whistle as Jonathan Kodjia helped himself to an assist.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the press following the game, Bruce wasn’t hiding how poor a showing it was.

“If we’re being brutally honest, we were fortunate. In the first half we were too slow and didn’t make enough happen. In the second half we were a bit better, a bit brighter. A lot of them found it difficult tonight against a spirited team. It was a cup final for Yeovil tonight. Live on the television, they’ve nearly pulled off a shock.”

Bruce went on to say it was a case of ‘fair play’ to Yeovil for the test they provided, but looking at ourselves we ‘got away with one’ and we weren’t anywhere ‘near good enough’ and we have to look for far better moving forward.

With an eye to the youngsters, he did feel they’d have benefited from the game as it was a good introduction on that score that showed them just how difficult it can be and we should benefit from that down the line as they work harder to improve further.

Bruce also confirmed that the aim now was to see how we could strengthen in the loan market to really set us up for the year.

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