Teenager Cameron Archer stole all the headlines as the 19-year-old bagged himself a hattrick as Villa brushed aside Barrow in the second round of the League Cup.
Archer tapped in the first when he got on the end of an Anwar El Ghazi cross. El Ghazi then got himself in the goals when he converted from a penalty after Jaden Philogene-Bidace was brought down in the box.
El Ghazi then doubled his tally just before half-time when he converted a Frédéric Guilbert cross from the six-yard box to the bottom left of the corner.
Villa made it four just after the hour mark when El Ghazi found Archer for his second as he shot from the right side of the box into the top right-hand corner.
Thirteen minutes later it was five. Philogene-Bidace was played through by Aaron Ramsey but was denied by the Burrow goalkeeper. The ball fell loose into the path of Guilbert who shot with pace into the bottom left-hand corner.
And then finally, Archer completed the rout and his hattrick with two minutes left on the clock. Philogene-Bidace picked the young striker out in the middle of the box before slotting home.
Villa will now await their opponents in the third round draw this evening.
- I was quite disappointed by the home support of Barrow. Credit where it’s due for the sell-out and the money it will raise for the football club (a reported £200,000). However, I have read so much about a hostile atmosphere since the draw, but that didn’t seem to materialise for whatever reason.
- It is no real surprise when I mention Archer. The Walsall born striker spent last season on loan at Solihull Moors and only scored 4 goals in 26 games so I wasn’t sure what to expect when he was named in the start eleven. It is safe to say, I along with many others was very impressed and he will be knocking on Smith’s door to be in his thoughts come Saturday.
- Carney Chukwuemeka looks better and better every time I see him. Over the summer he appears to have become stronger and leaner. The midfielder turns 18 in October already looks more mature and disciplined since he made his first-team debut at the back end of last season.
- Avoiding a cup upset. Many expected Villa to win comfortably but we are Villa fans and know all about cup upsets. Dean Smith put faith in a mixture of squad players and youth and it paid off.
Saturday 28th August – 15.00 kick-off
Villa will welcome Premier League new boys Brentford and hope to build on the 2-0 win over Newcastle last weekend. The Bee’s have been a bit of a bogey side for Villa in recent seasons, so hopefully, we can end that.