A starting XI that more resembled what we can expect in the league more than did the job at Crewe tonight.
There was something for everyone in the game.
A Benteke hattrick, Andi Weimann opening the scoring. The lack of a cleensheet, a Ciaran Clark booking for a pointless rash challenge…Villa know how to give everybody something don’t they!
Ashley Westwood was also made Captain for the return to his former club which was a nice touch.
Phillips, Tootle, Audel (Mellor 45), Davis, Ellis (Moore 58), Turton, Clayton, Grant (Giverin), Pogba, Leitch Smith, Colclough (Dugdale 58).
Martin, Garratt, Robertson, West, Ray, Ellington, Guthrie.
Goal – Davis (41).
Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Luna, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Westwood (c), Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann.
Subs (on 60 minutes):
Steer, Donacien, Baker, Herd, Bacuna, Sylla, Delph (c), Gardner, Carruthers, Helenius, Robinson.
Goals – Weimann (2), Benteke (11, 28, 34), Bacuna ( ).
Yellows – Clark.
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