Aston Villa easily progressed to the Capital One Cup third round after sweeping aside League One Rotherham.

Villa boss Paul Lambert named a strong side and they established control early on when Andreas Weimann took advantage of Kari Arnason's mistake to smash in.

Christian Benteke then made it 2-0 before the break after he rose to nod in Gabriel Agbonlahor's cross.

The Belgian striker was involved again for the third as he flicked the ball to Fabian Delph for a smart finish.

Capital One Cup third round draw

  • Man Utd v Liverpool
  • Sunderland v Peterborough
  • West Ham v Cardiff
  • Man City v Wigan
  • Burnley v Nott'm Forest
  • Newcastle v Leeds
  • Southampton v Bristol City
  • West Brom v Arsenal
  • Swindon v Chelsea
  • Tranmere v Stoke
  • Watford v Norwich
  • Aston Villa v Tottenham
  • Hull v Huddersfield
  • Leicester v Derby
  • Birmingham v Swansea
  • Fulham v Everton
  • Matches to be played on September 24-25

Villa do not have a Premier League game this weekend because they have already played scheduled opponents Chelsea, who face Bayern Munich in the European Super Cup on Friday evening.

So Lambert held nothing back against Steve Evans's Rotherham side, who had enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season.

Villa reached last season's League Cup semi-final after Lambert picked similarly strong teams before being beaten by Bradford of League Two.

They could have had a greater margin of victory over the Millers, but were wasteful in the final 30 minutes, Agbonlahor and Joe Bennett both missing good opportunities.

Although well beaten, the Millers acquitted themselves well, particularly in the first half, where Alex Revell could have twice given them the lead, while Michael O'Connor's off-target free-kick was the highlight of their second half.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: "You have got to earn the right to win the football match but I thought we would with the team we put out. Some of the football was excellent. The third goal - the one-touch football was brilliant.

"There is a different feeling this time to Bradford. The squad is really together and strong and we trusted them to go out there and perform and they have been excellent.

"Cup football is a difficult thing because you can play against a small team and they are a totally different animal to what you are used to playing in the league. But we handled it well."

Rotherham boss Steve Evans: "To create cup upsets you have to go in front, it's Roy of Rovers to think you can come from 2-0 down. We had to go in front and put pressure on Villa so it was very hard went we went behind.

"For 25 minutes we were by far the better side, we had two or three good chances, dominated possession, but we made a mistake and they had the quality to hurt us.

"It's two mistakes for the first two goals, we have to accept that the first one was an incredible finish and the second one, well there aren't many better players than Benteke to head that in at the far post.

"When they got the second it was a long night for us and we were chasing the ball a lot."

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

League Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 3-0 Rotherham FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Weimann 19
  • Benteke 40
  • Delph 53

    Aston Villa

    Substitutes

    Rotherham

    • 01 Shearer
    • 03 Skarz
    • 04 Arnason
    • 14 Bradley
    • 20 Morgan
    • 08 Frecklington
    • 10 O'Connor
    • 18 Pringle (Brindley 84)
    • 22 Agard (Tubbs 84)
    • 09 Revell
    • 15 Milsom (Tidser 58)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Collin,
    • 02 Brindley,
    • 31 Rowe,
    • 23 Tidser,
    • 11 Hylton,
    • 16 Tubbs
    Ref: HooperAtt: 22,447
    ASTON VILLA
    ROTHERHAM

    Possession

    • Aston Villa 48%
    • Rotherham 52%

    Attempts on target

    • Aston Villa 4
    • Rotherham 2

    Attempts off target

    • Aston Villa 9
    • Rotherham 2

    Corners

    • Aston Villa 3
    • Rotherham 7

    Fouls

    • Aston Villa 8
    • Rotherham 6
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:23 The referee blows the whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+2:19 Shot by Andreas Weimann missed to the left of the target.
    • 90:00+0:57 Nicklas Helenius takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.
    • 87:46 Lee Frecklington restarts play with the free kick.
    • 87:39 Andreas Weimann challenges Lee Frecklington unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 86:14 Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.
    • 86:09 Joe Skarz sends in a cross.
    • 85:28 Free kick taken by Scott Shearer.
    • 85:20 Nicklas Helenius gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Tidser.
    • 84:53 Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.
    • 84:41 Corner from the right by-line taken by Michael Tidser.
    • 84:22 The ball is swung over by Richard Brindley.
    • 84:13 Joe Skarz delivers the ball.
    • 83:47 Substitution Ben Pringle goes off and Richard Brindley comes on.
    • 83:35 Substitution Matt Tubbs joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kieran Agard.
    • 80:57 Lee Frecklington has an effort at goal. Jed Steer makes a block.
    • 78:56 Aleksandar Tonev takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.
    • 77:10 Leandro Bacuna sends in a cross.
    • 76:31 Lee Frecklington restarts play with the free kick.
    • 76:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Yacouba Sylla on Lee Frecklington.
    • 75:00 Michael O'Connor fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick over the bar.
    • 74:56 Free kick taken by Michael O'Connor.
    • 74:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jores Okore on Alex Revell.
    • 74:10 Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.
    • 73:39 Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Pringle.
    • 73:02 Free kick taken by Scott Shearer.
    • Correction - 72:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Aleksandar Tonev on Joe Skarz.
    • 72:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Bradley by Aleksandar Tonev.
    • 71:14 Jed Steer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jores Okore by Lee Frecklington.
    • 69:16 Andreas Weimann has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
    • 68:15 Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.
    • 66:22 Substitution Aleksandar Tonev replaces Gabriel Agbonlahor.
    • 66:07 Substitution Christian Benteke goes off and Nicklas Helenius comes on.
    • 63:05 Karim El Ahmadi restarts play with the free kick.
    • 62:58 Lee Frecklington challenges Karim El Ahmadi unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 59:38 Substitution (Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Yacouba Sylla coming on for Fabian Delph.
    • 59:21 Shot by Jores Okore missed to the left of the target.
    • 59:06 Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.
    • 58:49 Andreas Weimann delivers the ball.
    • 57:24 Substitution Michael Tidser on for Robert Milsom.
    • 56:48 Joe Bennett gets a header at goal. Scott Shearer parries the ball but the danger is not over.
    • 56:34 The ball is delivered by Leandro Bacuna.
    • 55:44 Free kick taken by Scott Shearer.
    • 55:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Westwood on Kari Arnason.
    • 55:04 Corner from the left by-line taken by Ben Pringle.
    • 54:28 The ball is crossed by Joe Bennett.
    • 54:20 Joe Bennett sends in a cross.
    • 53:54 The ball is delivered by Andreas Weimann.
    • 52:42 The assist for the goal came from Christian Benteke.
    • 52:42 GOAL - Fabian DelphAston Villa 3 - 0 Rotherham Fabian Delph finds the net with a shot from the free kick. Aston Villa 3-0 Rotherham.
    • 51:52 Robert Milsom takes the free kick.
    • 51:38 Mark Bradley challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 51:10 Free kick taken by Leandro Bacuna.
    • 51:00 Unfair challenge on Christian Benteke by Joe Skarz results in a free kick.
    • 50:06 Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 50:00 The referee blows for offside against Fabian Delph.
    • 48:49 Ron Vlaar takes the free kick.
    • 48:46 The referee blows for offside.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:14 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 45:00+1:38 Jed Steer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:00+1:28 The assistant referee signals for offside against Mark Bradley.
    • 45:00+1:04 Scott Shearer takes the free kick.
    • 45:00+0:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Revell by Jores Okore.
    • 44:27 Shot by Ben Pringle missed to the left of the net.
    • 43:07 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.
    • 39:34 The assist for the goal came from Gabriel Agbonlahor.
    • 39:34 GOAL - Christian BentekeAston Villa 2 - 0 Rotherham Christian Benteke scores a headed goal. Aston Villa 2-0 Rotherham.
    • 39:29 Gabriel Agbonlahor produces a cross.
    • 35:48 Joe Skarz produces a cross.
    • 34:45 Free kick taken by Michael O'Connor.
    • 34:06 Fabian Delph goes into the book.
    • 34:06 Booking
    • 33:56 Foul by Fabian Delph on Lee Frecklington, free kick awarded.
    • 31:52 Jores Okore manages to make a clearance.
    • 31:34 Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Pringle.
    • 31:17 The ball is delivered by Ben Pringle.
    • 30:24 Clearance made by Craig Morgan.
    • 30:18 Andreas Weimann sends in a cross.
    • 28:59 Ben Pringle produces a cross.
    • 27:21 Header at goal by Lee Frecklington. Jed Steer catches the ball.
    • 27:10 Ben Pringle crosses the ball.
    • 26:57 Ben Pringle delivers the ball.
    • 26:42 Clearance by Ron Vlaar.
    • 26:39 The ball is crossed by Joe Skarz.
    • 22:37 Craig Morgan makes a clearance.
    • 22:26 Fabian Delph sends in a cross.
    • 21:08 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Lee Frecklington.
    • 18:30 GOAL - Andreas WeimannAston Villa 1 - 0 Rotherham Andreas Weimann grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Aston Villa 1-0 Rotherham.
    • 17:20 Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.
    • 17:17 The ball is sent over by Ben Pringle.
    • 17:12 A cross is delivered by Kieran Agard.
    • 16:35 Leandro Bacuna makes a clearance.
    • 16:24 Corner taken by Ben Pringle from the right by-line.
    • 16:14 The ball is crossed by Lee Frecklington.
    • 14:58 Christian Benteke has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
    • 14:25 Jed Steer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 14:12 Kari Arnason concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabian Delph.
    • 13:55 Kari Arnason crosses the ball.
    • 13:29 Michael O'Connor crosses the ball.
    • 13:12 The ball is delivered by Ben Pringle.
    • 12:19 Corner taken by Ben Pringle from the right by-line.
    • 12:06 Lee Frecklington delivers the ball.
    • 11:40 Clearance by Jores Okore.
    • 8:35 Clearance made by Craig Morgan.
    • 8:29 The ball is swung over by Joe Bennett.
    • 7:31 Joe Bennett has an effort at goal. Blocked by Kari Arnason.
    • 7:27 Free kick taken by Joe Bennett.
    • 6:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Milsom on Leandro Bacuna.
    • 4:35 Christian Benteke manages to make a clearance.
    • 4:17 Corner taken by Ben Pringle from the right by-line.
    • 3:14 Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 2:51 The referee blows for offside.
    • 2:25 Joe Bennett produces a cross.
    • 1:54 Clearance by Kari Arnason.
    • 1:51 The ball is sent over by Leandro Bacuna.
    • 1:14 Corner from the left by-line taken by Leandro Bacuna.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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