EFL Cup - Third Round
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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-3 Aston Villa: Conor Hourihane scores win

Jota joined Aston Villa from local rivals Birmingham in the summer
Jota joined Aston Villa from local rivals Birmingham in the summer

Conor Hourihane scored his third Carabao Cup goal of the season against Brighton to help send Aston Villa into the fourth round.

Republic of Ireland midfielder Hourihane produced a crisp finish to double Villa's lead after Spanish forward Jota had opened the scoring.

Brighton, who made 11 changes, pulled a goal back through Haydn Roberts, 17, in the all-Premier League clash.

Substitute Jack Grealish sealed Villa's passage by adding a third goal.

Grealish hit a powerful half-volley to earn Villa their first win since 27 August, teeing up a fourth-round home tie with West Midlands rivals Wolves.

Inexperienced Brighton crash out

Brighton boss Graham Potter opted to hand senior debuts to seven academy players from the start, including goalscorer Roberts.

Substitutes Ryan Longman, Romaric Yapi and Jack Spong eventually took that total to 10.

Yet Brighton's youthful starting line-up, with an average age of just over 21, were outclassed for much of the tie.

Trailing 2-0, the hosts were unfortunate not to halve the deficit when Aaron Connolly struck the bar just before the break.

By then Villa were in control, Jota scoring his first goal since a summer move from neighbours Birmingham before Hourihane's emphatic finish made it 2-0.

Roberts did give the hosts hope after nodding home from a corner only for Grealish to seal victory for the visitors.

Brighton boss Graham Potter, on whether he could have fielded a more experienced side: "Not really, not with the situation we've got - a couple of injuries, a couple of lads sick as well.

"So we're just going through that little phase at the moment.

"In the last round we were able to do a bit more experience and it would have been preferable to have a couple more around but it wasn't to be at this stage.

"A couple were close but it just wasn't worth the risk really.

"It was a spirited performance from our boys, they gave everything, up against a quality team that deserved to go through."

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith: "As a Villa supporter, I've seen teams that have come unstuck in situations like that, whether it's a youthful team or a lower-league team.

"The words I said to them were attitude, application and teamwork and I thought we got that in abundance tonight and they have done it right.

"This football club has got a very proud history in all cup competitions - we've won this five times, we've won the FA Cup seven times.

"You've seen the numbers that have travelled down from Birmingham and they deserve our utmost respect - and we've given it that tonight."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 27Button
  • 4DuffySubstituted forYapiat 72'minutes
  • 58RobertsBooked at 90mins
  • 3Bong
  • 51Davies
  • 28Baluta
  • 72JenksSubstituted forSpongat 82'minutes
  • 50Cochrane
  • 55Gwargis
  • 44ConnollySubstituted forLongmanat 58'minutes
  • 45RichardsBooked at 79mins

Substitutes

  • 23Steele
  • 49Yapi
  • 52Davies
  • 53O'Hora
  • 56Radulovic Samoukovic
  • 60Longman
  • 71Spong

Aston Villa

  • 12Steer
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 15KonsaBooked at 85mins
  • 30Hause
  • 18Targett
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forGrealishat 66'minutes
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 14Hourihane
  • 23Jota
  • 39Davis
  • 17TrézéguetSubstituted forRamseyat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Wesley
  • 10Grealish
  • 21El Ghazi
  • 24Guilbert
  • 25Nyland
  • 40Mings
  • 41Ramsey
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
14,982

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home14
Away28
Shots on Target
Home6
Away10
Corners
Home3
Away11
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Aston Villa 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Aston Villa 3.

Attempt saved. Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

Booking

Haydon Roberts (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Haydon Roberts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

Attempt missed. Romaric Yapi (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Cochrane with a cross.

Foul by Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa).

Alex Cochrane (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Keinan Davis (Aston Villa).

Romaric Yapi (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Aston Villa).

Romaric Yapi (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Haydon Roberts.

Attempt blocked. Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Romaric Yapi (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Peter Gwargis with a cross.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Keinan Davis.

Foul by Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa).

Peter Gwargis (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jack Spong replaces Teddy Jenks.

Foul by Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa).

Taylor Richards (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jacob Ramsey replaces Trézéguet.

Booking

Taylor Richards (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Taylor Richards (Brighton and Hove Albion) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Aston Villa 3. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Alex Cochrane (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Foul by Tudor Baluta (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Romaric Yapi replaces Shane Duffy because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Trézéguet (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

Attempt blocked. Trézéguet (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Targett.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jack Grealish replaces John McGinn.

Attempt missed. Trézéguet (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Peter Gwargis.

Attempt saved. Ryan Longman (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Taylor Richards.

Attempt missed. Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady with a cross.

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