Match: Crewe Alexandra v Aston Villa
Date: Tuesday 27th August 2019
Venue: Gresty Road
Konsa (4), Hourihane (24, 45), Davis (69), Guilbert (76), Grealish (87)
Steer, Elmohamady, Konsa, Hause, Targett (Guilbert, 43), Nakamba, Hourihane, Lansbury, Jota (Grealish, 68), El Ghazi, Davis (Archer, 82). Unused subs: Nyland, Douglas Luiz, Tshibola, Ramsey.
Story in brief
Aston Villa produced a very professional performance to see off Crewe Alexandra 6-1 in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
Conor Hourihane bagged two while there were also goals for Ezri Konsa, Keinan Davis, Frederic Guilbert and Jack Grealish.
Konsa opened the scoring on four minutes as he headed home after Hourihane’s cross was nodded back across goal by defensive partner Kortney Hause and finished expertly by the summer signing.
Hourihane doubled our advantage on 24 minutes as he slid home after a terrific ball forward was played into the Irishman’s path by Henri Lansbury.
Hourihane made it three on the stroke of half-time as he headed home expertly.
Davis got the goal his industry and effort deserved on 69 minutes as he ran across his marker to fire home after a delicious ball played into him by sub Grealish.
Guilbert scored the pick of the goals on 76 minutes as he curled home from the left hand channel.
Ryan Wintle bagged a consolation for the hosts on 84 minutes but moments later, on 87 minutes, Grealish added a sixth as he sent home a rocket after another exquisite ball from Lansbury, this time a sumptuous backheel.
There’s no question that the players looking to impress Dean Smith will have done just that in this superb display in the Carabao Cup.
All those currently on the periphery will have done their chances no harm with a polished performance to see off League 2 Crewe.
This was a potential banana skin but the claret and blues strode into the third round and hit Alex for six in the process.
Head Coach Smith has been preaching over the first few weeks of the season about those not selected ‘earning their shirts’ – and he will have been pleased with what he saw at Gresty Road.
It offers him a nice selection headache as the Premier League rolls back around this weekend.
We head to the capital this Saturday, 31st August, to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The 3pm kick-off will pit Dean Smith against Roy Hodgson before we have a break from action due to international duty.