Date: 28th August 2018 at 10:01pm
Written by:
Burton Albion
1 – 0
Aston Villa

Pirelli Stadium


28/08/2018 7:45 pm

Attendance: 3411

Referee: Bond

Burton Albion Aston Villa
Boyce (52)
Bywater 31 Moreira
Brayford 11 Bree
Turner Elphick 69
Hutchinson Taylor
Fox de Laet
Quinn 45 Lansbury
Fraser Hourihane
Akins Adomah
Boyce El Ghazi
Templeton Hepburn-Murphy


Buxton Chester
Myers-Harness 45 Whelan
Sordell 11 Jedinak
Miller Bjarnason
Campbell 31 Elmohamady 69
Hodge Bunn
Beardsley Doyle-Hayes

Game Statistics

6 Goal attempts 7
2 On Target 2
5 Corners 5
12 Fouls 13
1 Yellow Cards 2
1 Red Cards 0
44 % 56

Earlier this evening a much changed Aston Villa side took to the pitch to face Burton Albion in the second round of this year’s EFL Cup.

Heading to the Pirelli Stadium for another meeting with the Brewer’s, manager Steve Bruce certainly rotated the pack after our Championship start to the year and as expected John McGinn and Jack Grealish were missing but hopefully, they will return for the next one.

It was very much a case of over to others to impress and I think it’s fair to say nobody did.

A goalless first half was the highpoint after it took both sides 41 minutes to register a single shot – that honour fell to Axel Tuanzebe and he missed. In fact, the only real action was two substitutions from Burton owing to injury.

Second half, they took the lead in the 52nd minute and we managed to get one shot on target until they were reduced to ten men in minute 89, but typical of the day, Albert Adomah missed the resulting penalty as the keeper made the save.

And that’s the end of our EFL Cup campaign and given I wish I hadn’t wasted my night, I feel sorry for those who made the small trip for it!

Maybe those watching it have some positives?


15 Replies to “What An Embarrassing Crock Of A Cup Exit For Villa”

  • Do not think there is any chance of promotion with Steve Bruce as Manager What a week!! Four points thrown away and now bundled out of the Cup with a totally pathetic performance

  • Ever since SB arrived I have tried to give him the benefit of the doubt thinking that he has experience and he must know better than me what he is doing.
    Well, when I look at the bench he selected tonight which is full of defenders and defensive mid-fielders ( including one youngster who actually played 90mn in a U-23 match last night ) and with absolutely NO attacking option – then I conclude that he does not know what he is doing. Either that or he did not want to win tonight’s game – either way, as far as I am concerned he has to be replaced quickly.

  • Was always going to be hit and miss promotion this year with ffp. But not much has been lost from team, so Bruce has very few excuses. Time running out for Bruce

  • Not only are my weekends being ruined by inept football it’s now happening midweek.
    I can’t believe we have no strikers to call from a bench with us being potential championship challenger’s. I know things had been delayed due to having no money and the FFP rules. Surely it would have been better having Ross on the bench rather than have no one at all.
    I just wonder how much we wanted it tonight, poor penalty and a worse follow up from a inept Adomah, what has happened to this man, can someone please bring back the real Adomah.
    I feel sorry for the paying away fans, they should ask for their money back, straight out of Steve Bruce’s pocket. I believe it was the first time we have ever lost to Burton, it’s now becoming embarrassing.
    I think it’s time for Brucie to go, we need a man with a plan B, someone who has ideas on how to break down very average teams, the man was a defender for Chr… Sake, when Terry went he should have been the first one we replaced or is it too late to sign him up again.

    • No. Never want to see McCormack in a Villa shirt again. I’d rather stick Knibbs or one of the uninjured U23’s in ahead of him.

  • Not sure that having Ross McC on the bench would have been a good idea Andy but it is plain stupid not to have any attacking options. Where was André Green ? if we are short of strikers and want to rest Kodjia then you set up your starting 11 to allow to keep El Ghazi or Adomah or a youngster ( that you don’t play 24h before ) available to bring on to change things if necessary. Fairly elementary preparations for any game at any level.

  • So another cup exit, now face two difficult away fixtures and by the end could be adrift of the top teams in the league. Last season we did well at times but these 5 or spells where we go off the boil will cost us . Bruce doesn’t appear to have a plan B and doesn’t appear to motivate the players to fire up week in week out. Many are seeing and saying the same things, the new owners are saying patience but Bruce is now in his 3rd season , I wonder what there thoughts are. Time to get a new manager , we need fresh thought, new ideas .

  • yeah i thought that two defensive midfielders on the bench hes loaning green to get game time why not tonite time get rid hope these new owners put up with his shit much longer.

  • I like many have tried to give Bruce the benefit of the doubt, but that last night was the last straw. He really doesn’t have a clue. I mean week in & week out he insists on playing Jedinak at centre back & Tuanzebe at right back, everyone in the stadium & everyone at home who’s watching can see that it doesn’t work, but Bruce with his negative ideas and attitude won’t listen to anyone else therefore he’s making us a complete laughing stock. Sorry but it’s time to get rid before it’s to late, cos with him in charge we’ll never get back to the premier league.

  • For me the last straw was this morning when I saw that SB has ‘decided’ to send André Green out on loan. Green showed his talent last season and in pre-season he also showed that he can score. SB should have played him up front, alongside Kodjia or RHM, rather than loaning him out and at the same time saying he is short of strikers !
    There is a link on another post to an article on SB written when he was sacked at Sunderland. It could have been written today – the criticisms of SB are exactly the same.

  • The article attempts to make out his career in management is finished and he’ll never succeed again. Since it was written he won promotion to the Premier League twice and took Hull to their first ever FA Cup final. I’m sure our new owners would have more sense that to make a decision based on that.

  • The point being made is that many of the criticisms made all those years ago are still true today and no one is suggesting that the owners would make a decision based purely on the article, that would be silly, but a blind man can see the correlation between the clear failings then and the clear failings that are still evident in Bruce today.

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