Aston Villa are through to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals after comfortably beating Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park.
Dean Smith opted to make nine changes from the Premier League defeat to Man City at the weekend. Only Douglas Luiz and Trezeguet kept their place. Wanderers also opted to make wholesale changes including 16-year-old Chem Campbell.
A slender victory of 2-1 failed to flatter a Villa side who controlled proceedings throughout the match with Henri Lansbury the Man of the Match on the night.
Making his third appearance of the campaign, Lansbury notched two assists either side of a Patrick Cutrone goal which levelled the scores in the second half.
Villa’s first of the night came through the invention of Lansbury, who with great craft carved open the nights first sighter at either goal. Anwar El Ghazi’s second goal contribution in the Carabao Cup this term was the lift-off Villa Park needed going into the break.
El Ghazi latched onto the cutting pass before striking below John Ruddy in the Wolves goal.
After Keinan Davis’ night was ended prematurely, Wolves added insult to injury before the hour mark.
Douglas Luiz’s mistake in the middle of the park was punished as Taylor Perry picked out Cutrone to restore parity for the travelling Wolves fans packed behind the North Stand goal.
The Egyptian King
After delirium at one end of Villa Park, the Holte End wouldn’t have to wait much longer to rise once more as their Egyptian king, and captain for the night, Ahmed Elmohamady got his first Villa goal this year. Lansbury again the architect; it was his free-kick driven towards Ruddy’s near post that found its way into the back of the net.
Dean Smith’s Villa held on against a young Wolves side looking to explore Europe rather than a domestic challenge.
Villa will rapidly turn attentions to Liverpool at the weekend.