EFL Cup - First Round
ColchesterColchester United1Aston VillaAston Villa2

Colchester United 1-2 Aston Villa

Colchester v Aston Villa
Wet weather provided slippy conditions in Essex, with the game going ahead after three pitch inspections

Championship club Aston Villa reached the EFL Cup second round with a narrow away win at League Two Colchester.

Scott Hogan slotted in Villa's opener after U's keeper Sam Walker fumbled.

The hosts had an early chance to level after Christopher Samba took out Sammie Szmodics in the box, but Mikael Mandron's drilled penalty was saved.

Frankie Kent then inadvertently turned in Albert Aldomah's cross, before the United defender made it 2-1 at the other end shortly before half-time.

Colchester pushed for a leveller after the break but missed several chances as Villa - who made nine changes to their starting side after their league draw with Hull - held on to progress.

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce: "The conditions were tough and we had a makeshift back four, so it was always going to be difficult.

"Jed (Steer) pulled off two or three very good saves and I'm delighted for him, because he's worked really hard to get back.

"He ruptured his Achilles in my first week at the club but he's a very decent goalkeeper and he got his rewards.

"You wouldn't send a lifeboat out in those conditions and I've never known anything like it for an August evening. It was unbelievable.

"We made too many mistakes but thankfully got away with it."

Colchester head coach John McGreal: "We showed a togetherness tonight, even after their first goal had gone in which came out of nothing.

"We bounced back straight away and showed a bit of character but then it went to 2-0 and we could have crumbled.

"But we bounced back again and I'm really proud of the players. The fans were on their feet at times and it was one of those games.

"We missed a penalty but that happens and we had opportunities after that when we got into good areas. It was great experience and a great game to watch - we can take a lot of heart and confidence out of the performance."

Line-ups

Colchester

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Walker
  • 35James
  • 6Kent
  • 12Kpekawa
  • 2Jackson
  • 4LapslieSubstituted forSlaterat 65'minutes
  • 16MurrayBooked at 76mins
  • 17ReidSubstituted forKinsellaat 69'minutes
  • 7WrightSubstituted forJohnstoneat 82'minutes
  • 19Mandron
  • 10SzmodicsBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 3Kinsella
  • 9Johnstone
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 23O'Sullivan
  • 24Slater
  • 29Gilmartin
  • 31Issa

Aston Villa

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Steer
  • 16Bree
  • 5Chester
  • 4Samba
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forHepburn-Murphyat 69'minutes
  • 14Hourihane
  • 18Onomah
  • 19GreenBooked at 53minsSubstituted forde Laetat 85'minutes
  • 36O'HareBooked at 59mins
  • 9HoganSubstituted forDavisat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2de Laet
  • 8Lansbury
  • 29Hepburn-Murphy
  • 31Bunn
  • 32Doyle-Hayes
  • 35Clark
  • 39Davis
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
6,603

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home20
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home18
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Colchester United 1, Aston Villa 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Aston Villa 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Callum O'Hare (Aston Villa).

  4. Post update

    Sean Murray (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Mikael Mandron (Colchester United).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Cameron James.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Keinan Davis (Aston Villa).

  8. Post update

    Cameron James (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Josh Onomah (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Craig Slater (Colchester United).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Denny Johnstone (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Denny Johnstone (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mikael Mandron with a headed pass.

  13. Post update

    Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Cameron James (Colchester United).

  15. Booking

    Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Ritchie de Laet (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Ritchie de Laet replaces Andre Green.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Keinan Davis (Aston Villa).

  20. Post update

    Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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