Match: Burton Albion v Aston Villa
Date: Tuesday 28th August 2018
Competition: Carabao Cup
Venue: Pirelli Stadium
Moreira; De Laet, Bree, Elphick (Elmohamady 69), Taylor; Tuanzebe, Hourihane, Lansbury; El Ghazi, Hepburn-Murphy, Adomah. SUBS NOT USED: Bunn, Chester, Jedinak, Whelan, Bjarnason, Doyle-Hayes.
Story in brief
Villa exited the Carabao Cup at the Round Two stage, losing 1-0 at Burton Albion.
In a first half punctuated by just two shots on goal from either team, Villa could only manage to fire off target on both occasions.
After the break, the hosts’ Marcus Harness and Scott Fraser both lashed over before Liam Boyce was sent clear and looped a shot into the far corner to give Burton the lead.
The visitors had their chances to draw level.
Conor Hourihane planted Albert Adomah’s hanging cross at Harry Campbell in the Brewers’ goal while Anwar El Ghazi also rifled an effort off target and Ahmed Elmohamady headed wide late on.
Boyce could have sealed the game with his second of the evening on 81 minutes but diverted a low cross over the stand from close range.
In the 90th minute, the visitors were presented with a perfect opportunity to level the tie but Adomah saw his spot kick saved by Campbell.
Late action has been an familiar experience for Villa this season, and this tie was no exception.
On 88 minutes, with the claret and blues piling forward in search of a leveller, Elmohamady saw his effort strike the woodwork.
Then, seconds later, a shot from close range was blocked by Kyle McFadzean illegally. The Brewers defender was shown a straight red card and Villa were awarded a penalty.
Adomah took responsibility, but his shot was kept out low down to his left by Campbell, who had come on as a first-half substitute for Stephen Bywater.
Out at the second hurdle
Villa couldn’t improve on their showing in the Carabao Cup last season when they made Round Three before bowing out to Middlesbrough at home.
Despite a Round One victory over Yeovil Town, Steve Bruce’s men exit the competition at the Round Two stage.
Axel moves forward
One of the few positives was Axel Tuanzebe's showing, on his sixth consecutive start in an Aston Villa shirt.
The 20-year-old was implemented in the holding midfield role for the first time at the Pirelli Stadium, and looked comfortable in front of the back four.
A decent ball player who has the ability to cover a lot of ground and break up play, he offered Steve Bruce yet more food for thought with regard to his capabilities.
Time will tell if he is preferred there to the right-back position he has assumed since re-joining.
Villa are back in league action on Saturday afternoon when they make the trip north to take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
The claret and blues were 1-0 winners in Yorkshire last term thanks to Robert Snodgrass’s 90th-minute winner.
"Sometimes as a manager it's very difficult to come out and face everybody, but that's my job.
"We were very, very poor.
"The people who've been knocking on my door and wanting to get their chance really haven't done themselves any favours at all.
"It's turned into one of those awful nights. We have to now accept it and apologise for it.
"We have to move on to Saturday now, although I never like saying it because I don't want us going out of a Cup tie like that.
"But the league is our most important focus and we put in one of our best performances only a week ago."