EFL Cup - Second Round
Aston VillaAston Villa5Notts CountyNotts County3

Aston Villa 5-3 Notts County (AET)

Scott Sinclair (right) celebrates
Scott Sinclair's goals were his first of the season for Villa

Aston Villa survived a major scare in the Capital One Cup second round as Scott Sinclair's hat-trick gave them victory over League Two Notts County.

Genaro Snijders gave County an early lead but Adama Traore levelled.

Jon Stead's penalty was cancelled out by Sinclair's first goal before Graham Burke put the Magpies ahead again.

Sinclair's penalty took the game to extra time, during which he completed his hat-trick and Joe Bennett scored a fifth Villa goal to seal the tie.

While Sinclair was undoubtedly the star of the game, Jack Grealish - who was one of just two survivors in the Villa team that lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace on Saturday - also impressed against a club where he spent a productive loan spell two seasons ago.

The young forward set up both of his side's first two goals with penetrating runs and passes to lay on close-range finishes for Traore and Sinclair.

Both goals were equalisers after Snijders' looping 25-yard opener and Stead's penalty - following a foul on Izale McLeod - to make it 2-1 in first-half added time.

Burke, who was released by Villa in the summer, put County back in front with a superb curling finish 10 minutes into the second half, but Villa were back in it when Kieran Richardson was fouled in the box for a penalty, which Sinclair converted.

The 26-year-old complete his treble after 99 minutes with another tap-in, this time from substitute Joe Cole's squared pass before Bennett rounded off his driving run with a neat finish into the bottom corner of the net.

Line-ups

Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31BunnBooked at 45mins
  • 21Hutton
  • 24C Sánchez
  • 2Baker
  • 18Richardson
  • 25GilSubstituted forBennettat 100'minutes
  • 17Veretout
  • 40GrealishBooked at 107mins
  • 20TraoréSubstituted forColeat 60'minutes
  • 19J AyewSubstituted forKozákat 72'minutes
  • 9Sinclair

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 12Cole
  • 27Kozák
  • 34Suliman
  • 35Taylor
  • 36Sellars
  • 41Watkins

Notts County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Carroll
  • 28Swerts
  • 2AmevorBooked at 53minsSubstituted forAudelat 71'minutes
  • 32SprockelBooked at 90mins
  • 18Hewitt
  • 11Snijders
  • 24CampbellSubstituted forJennerat 55'minutes
  • 33Opoku AborahBooked at 109mins
  • 26BurkeBooked at 10mins
  • 30Stead
  • 39McLeodSubstituted forSpencerat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Hollis
  • 9Spencer
  • 13Loach
  • 23Valencic
  • 27Jenner
  • 31Audel
  • 35Edwards
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
21,430

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home19
Away14
Shots on Target
Home12
Away6
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 5, Notts County 3.

  2. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Aston Villa 5, Notts County 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Roy Carroll.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Libor Kozák (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Stanley Aborah.

  8. Post update

    Joe Cole (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Gill Swerts (Notts County).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Gill Swerts.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Graham Burke (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Aston Villa 5, Notts County 3. Joe Bennett (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Graham Burke.

  14. Booking

    Stanley Aborah (Notts County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Stanley Aborah (Notts County).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).

  18. Post update

    Stanley Aborah (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Joe Bennett (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Stanley Aborah (Notts County).