Match: Colchester United v Aston Villa
Date: August 9, 2017
Competition: Carabao Cup
Venue: Weston Homes Community Stadium
Attendance: 6,603 (1,559 Villa supporters)
Weather: 14C, heavy rain
Kent OG 19
Villa are through to the second round of the Carabao Cup thanks to a 2-1 win at Colchester United.
In torrential rain in Essex, the claret and blues hit the front early on when Sam Walker couldn’t hold on to a low cross under pressure and Scott Hogan was perfectly-placed to roll in the loose ball.
Barely a minute later, the home side were presented with the perfect opportunity to level when Chris Samba hacked down Sammie Szmodics in the box.
Jed Steer, making his first appearance of the campaign, punched away the spot-kick from Mikael Mandron to keep Villa’s lead intact.
James Chester also headed wide from Conor Hourihane’s free-kick before the visitors doubled their lead.
Albert Adomah zipped in a low cross where the diving Frankie Kent could only divert the ball into his own net at the near post.
Andre Green cut in off the left flank and drilled wide while Steer made another smart save one-on-one.
The hosts registered on the score-sheet before the break when a corner was cleared to Kent on the edge of the box.
Atoning for his unfortunate own goal earlier in the half, he drilled in a low shot that skipped along the greasy turf through a crowd of bodies and nestled in the corner.
Villa were on the front foot early in the second half too with Hogan forcing a smart stop from Walker and Callum O’Hare rifling an effort inches over the bar.
Villa then had an effort cleared off the line with Walker twice keeping out the visitors.
With time running out, the hosts rallied to try and find an equaliser with Steer producing a magnificent save to keep them out but the U’s couldn’t make the breakthrough.
Villa: Steer, Bree, Samba, Chester, Bjarnason, Adomah (Hepburn-Murphy 69), Hourihane, Onomah, Green (De Laet 84), O'Hare, Hogan (Davis 73). Unused subs: Bunn, Lansbury, Clark, Doyle-Hayes
Colchester: Walker, Kent, James, Kpekawa, Jackson, Murray, Lapslie (Slater 65), Reid (Kinsella 68), Mandron, Wright (Johnstone 82), Szmodics. Unused subs: Gilmartin, Vincent-Young, O'Sullivan, Issa
Referee: John Brooks
Assistants: Nicholas Cooper, Christopher Wade
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper