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Flashback 2005: Gr-eight display as Villa turn on second half style

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Flashback 2005: Gr-eight display as Villa turn on second half style

This League Cup second round game in September 2005 can only go down as top-class football entertainment.

At half-time, a giant-killing act was very much on the cards as Wycombe Wanderers belied their League Two status with an assured display which made them good value for their 3-1 lead.

Yet by the end Villa had scored eight goals in a competitive away match for only the third time in our history.

Not that anyone contemplated any sort of historic scoreline at the interval.

After Nathan Tyson had headed Wanderers into a sixth minute lead, a well struck 14th minute equaliser from Steven Davis should have settled the nerves of the visitors.

Unfortunately it did no such thing and by the break John Gorman's men had added further headed goals through Roger Johnson and Tommy Mooney.

Who knows what the outcome might have been if the former Blues player had converted a good chance within two minutes of the resumption?

Instead Mooney put the ball out of the ground and things turned.


Within a minute, a fine cross by Aaron Hughes had set up a simple goal for Milan Baros and once James Milner had fired a superb 64th minute equaliser from the edge of the box the outcome - if not the scoreline - was inevitable.

Clint Easton's own goal put Villa ahead for the first time before Barry was on target twice in six minutes, thumping home a penalty after Baros had been brought down and then driving in a perfect pass from the Czech striker.

Substitute Sergio Torres hit the post in an increasingly infrequent Wycombe attack but Milner and Davis both added their second goal before the end.


By @AVFCOfficial 6th January 2016
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