Wednesday night’s EFL Cup third round action saw head coach Dean Smith take a much changed side to the Amex Stadium to face Brighton and Hove Albion.
Despite the number of changes made by head coach Dean Smith for the match, Jota got us underway 22 minutes in and Conor Hourihane had doubled our advantage ten minutes later. Although the hosts got a goal back shortly after the half time restart, second half substitute Jack Grealish made his mark to make it 3-1 and ultimately that was where the scoring ended on the day, but it was certainly a game we better dominated.
Through to the next round we go and good to get another win under our belts, and a good run out for some other players.
Speaking to the BBC following the full time whistle, our gaffer said of our efforts on the night.
“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.”
Onto Wolves….Mind The Gap.