Match: Aston Villa U23s vs Sunderland U23s
Competition: Premier League 2
Date: Monday 6th January 2020
Venue: Bodymoor Heath
Vassilev 2, 4, Archer 8, Ramsey 35
Searle, Walker, Rowe, Suliman, Bridge (Birch), Guy, Archer, Clarke, Vassilev (Hooper), Ramsey (Brunt), Wright. Unused subs: Sinisalo, Birch, Odutayo.
Story in brief
Aston Villa Under-23s cruised to victory against Sunderland on the back of a scintillating five-minute spell that produced three goals.
The game got off to the perfect start when Indiana Vassilev headed home Jake Walker’s cross after just 67 seconds.
The 18-year-old had a second just two minutes later when he sped past a couple of defenders before placing the ball into the far corner.
Villa were rampant and had a third shortly after when Cameron Archer latched onto a through ball and slid the ball past the ‘keeper.
Jacob Ramsey got his name on the scoresheet before half-time drilling the ball home first time from Archer's pull back.
Vassilev performs in front of Smith
Just two days after making his senior debut for the club, Indiana Vassilev showed exactly why Dean Smith had called him into the first team fold.
The game was barely four minutes old by the time the American-born forward netted his second of the match.
Vassilev was in the right place to head home Jake Walker’s cross after 67 seconds before he raced away and produced a cool finish to double his tally a couple of minutes later.
His performance in front of the watching Villa manager will have done his chances of staying around the first team no harm.
Archer on target
Cameron Archer was a handful all night, tormenting the Sunderland defenders with his searing speed and close control.
When Jack Clarke lofted a ball over the backline, there was no catching the winger as raced into the box before picking out the bottom corner.
Archer then showed another side to his game, beating a couple of defenders before picking out Jacob Ramsey with a cross for Villa's fourth.
Delaney's Young Lions dominate
From start to finish, Mark Delaney's team were in complete control of the match.
With Easah Suliman marshalling the backline, it took the visiting Black Cats over 20 minutes to muster a shot on target.
And Sunderland's attacks were few and far between as Villa's young guns pressed them all over the pitch.
The Under-23s take a trip to play Norwich City on Friday afternoon, kicking off at 2pm.
Their next home game at Bodymoor Heath is scheduled to be against Exeter City in the PL Cup on 16 January at 2pm.