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Carabao Cup: Crewe 1-6 Aston Villa

Ezri Konsa scores for Aston Villa against Crewe in the Carabao Cup
Ezri Konsa gave Aston Villa the lead with just the second goal of his professional career

Aston Villa thrashed League Two side Crewe 6-1 to reach the Carabao Cup third round.

Ezri Konsa scored four minutes into his debut for the Premier League team before Conor Hourihane's double made it 3-0 at half-time at Gresty Road.

Keinan Davis and Frederic Guilbert's first Villa goal extended their lead in the second half.

Ryan Wintle pulled a goal back for Crewe before Jack Grealish's late low drive completed a convincing win for Dean Smith's side.

Smith made 10 changes from the team that claimed their first Premier League win of the season against Everton on Friday, including handing debuts to Konsa, Matt Targett and Marvelous Nakamba.

He was rewarded with a clinical performance as Villa scored with six of their seven efforts on target.

Konsa, a £12m signing from Brentford, scored a close-range header after Crewe failed to clear a short corner.

Crewe, sixth in League Two, thought they had equalised when Owen Dale's headed home Chris Porter's flick-on, but the effort was disallowed for offside.

Hourihane doubled Villa's lead after good work from Jota and Henri Lansbury before heading home Anwar El Ghazi's left-wing cross in first half stoppage time.

Grealish replaced the impressive Jota after 68 minutes and within a minute had set up Villa's fourth, his low cross from the left converted by Davis for his first goal in 19 months.

Fellow substitute Guilbert, on for the injured Targett, curled home a fine effort from Lansbury's short corner to make it 5-0.

Crewe, who had 17 shots at goal, finally pulled a goal back when Wintle drove low into the corner.

Grealish completed the scoring with a powerful low effort from inside the area with three minutes left after more good play by Lansbury down the left.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith:

"It wasn't as safe as the scoreline suggested. Crewe made a game of it.

"But we were very, very clinical and our quality showed, particularly with our second goal. After that we were very good and ran away with it.

"Only Jota kept his place so there were a lot of players who haven't played since pre-season, but everyone knew their jobs, roles and responsibilities. Their application was first-class and they deserved that result."

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 13Richards
  • 2Ng
  • 5LancashireBooked at 71mins
  • 6Nolan
  • 25Adebisi
  • 16LowerySubstituted forJonesat 68'minutes
  • 4Wintle
  • 19Dale
  • 11Ainley
  • 10KirkSubstituted forFinneyat 66'minutes
  • 9PorterSubstituted forAneneat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 7Powell
  • 8Jones
  • 12Green
  • 14Finney
  • 15Hunt
  • 17Anene

Aston Villa

  • 12Steer
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 15Konsa
  • 30Hause
  • 18TargettSubstituted forGuilbertat 43'minutes
  • 14Hourihane
  • 11Nakamba
  • 8LansburyBooked at 58mins
  • 23JotaSubstituted forGrealishat 68'minutes
  • 39DavisSubstituted forArcherat 82'minutes
  • 21El Ghazi

Substitutes

  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 10Grealish
  • 24Guilbert
  • 25Nyland
  • 29Tshibola
  • 41Ramsey
  • 51Archer
Referee:
Jarred Gillett
Attendance:
7,173

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home17
Away17
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Aston Villa 6.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Aston Villa 6.

Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt missed. Frederic Guilbert (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady.

Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra).

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Aston Villa 6. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra).

Foul by Kortney Hause (Aston Villa).

Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Aston Villa 5. Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Jones.

Foul by Cameron Archer (Aston Villa).

Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Jones with a through ball following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Cameron Archer replaces Keinan Davis.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rio Adebisi (Crewe Alexandra).

Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra).

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 0, Aston Villa 5. Frederic Guilbert (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Henri Lansbury following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Aston Villa).

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Grealish from a direct free kick.

Booking

Oliver Lancashire (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Lancashire (Crewe Alexandra).

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 0, Aston Villa 4. Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. James Jones replaces Tommy Lowery.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jack Grealish replaces Jota.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Oliver Finney replaces Charlie Kirk.

Attempt missed. Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Ainley following a fast break.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Perry Ng.

Attempt saved. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Owen Dale.

Foul by Frederic Guilbert (Aston Villa).

Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Keinan Davis.

Attempt missed. Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Owen Dale with a cross following a set piece situation.

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