Date: 1st October 2020 at 8:58pm
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Aston Villa
0 – 1
Stoke City

Villa Park

EFL Cup - Fourth Round

1/10/2020 7:00 pm

Attendance: 0

Referee: Robert Jones

Aston Villa Stoke City
Vokes (26)
Steer Davies
Guilbert Collins
Elmohamady Souttar
Hause 58 Martins Indi
Taylor Thompson
Lansbury Obi
Nakamba Tymon
Ramsey
 
71 Brown
Traore 77 Powell 75
Davis
 
Vokes 70
El Ghazi Campbell 70

Substitutes

Cash Batth
Konsa 58 Ince
Douglas Luiz Smith 70
Watkins 71 Gregory
Hourihane Oakley-Boothe 75
Jota 77 Fletcher 70
Kalinic Nna Noukeu

Game Statistics

17 Goal attempts 12
5 On Target 3
4 Corners 3
16 Fouls 9
2 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
62 % 38

Another Thursday and another fixture for Aston Villa – this time it’s the EFL Cup fourth round tie against Stoke City and unfortunately, we didn’t welcome former skipper James Chester back to Villa Park as he wasn’t in the squad.

Head coach Dean Smith predictably rotated the squad again and it was the same selection that saw us through to this round following victory over Bristol City the other week.

We had more of the ball but Stoke proved to be tougher opposition than we maybe expected given our slower start and 26 minutes in, they had the lead. We had chances to be back on level terms by the break, but they went begging – particular Keinan Davis’s late effort, so all eyes to the second half.

Our chance creation was arguably improved and Anwar El Ghazi really should’ve found himself on the score sheet (possibly twice) and with the introduction of Ollie Watkins we looked more dangerous and he drew a good save himself – but with 15 minutes to go, we were still chasing.

1-0 it finished…some realism back about our strength in depth with few positives to take – if anything just a few more questions about whether some of these players should be offloaded whilst the window is open.

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