Aston Villa were looking to bounce back from Manchester City disappointment on Wednesday evening and we welcomed Wolverhampton Wanderers to Villa Park for our EFL Cup fourth round clash.
Both sides made plenty of changes to the starting lineup but despite a plucky showing from a largely youthful Wolves squad, our second string more than impressed and dominated – in fact, the only real disappointment was that we didn’t test their goalkeeper more – but the positives outweigh any negatives for me.
Anwar El Ghazi capitalised on a nice piece of play to open the scoring 28 minutes in, and although Wolves found themselves a leveller in the second period, Ahmed Elmohamady restored our advantage inside of the next three minutes.
Into the next round draw, bragging rights for now and some decent runouts for the likes of Kortney Hause and Ezri Konsa.
Speaking to the BBC following the full time whistle, head coach Dean Smith said of our efforts on the night.
“I don’t think I’ve been involved in a game where we’ve had as much possession. My only gripe is that we didn’t score more goals and test their goalkeeper more. I thought he (Lansbury) was excellent tonight. His vision is there for everybody to see. Henri needed a game and we have got out of it what we wanted, which was to progress and get minutes into some of the lads.”