EFL Cup - Fourth Round
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Aston Villa 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

By Steve SutcliffeBBC Sport
Ahmed Elmohamady
Ahmed Elmohamady last scored for Villa in August 2018

Goals from Anwar El Ghazi and Ahmed Elmohamady saw Aston Villa edge past a youthful Wolves side to reach the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Five-time winners Villa last reached this stage of the competition in 2012.

El Ghazi's close-range shot crept past Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy to put the hosts ahead before Patrick Cutrone tapped in a Taylor Perry's pass to equalise.

But Elmohamady's flick from a Henri Lansbury free-kick gave Villa victory.

The quarter-final draw will be live on Thursday at 08:45 GMT on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Two.

Villa's experience counts

Given the additional workload that European football has brought to Wolves this season, it was no surprise to see head coach Nuno Espirito Santo make wholesale alterations.

But the inclusion of Chem Campbell among the 11 changes from their Premier League draw at Newcastle did raise eyebrows.

Still too young to pen a professional deal - he turns 17 in December - Campbell's debut saw him become the club's second youngest player after Jimmy Mullen in 1939.

There were also run-outs for midfielder Perry, 18, winger Pedro Neto, 19, and a debut for defender Dion Sanderson in the starting XI.

Sanderson, in particular, endured a challenging introduction to senior football, with Villa's Egypt international Trezeguet claiming a penalty after dribbling beyond the 19-year-old in the first half.

But the difference for Villa was experienced midfielder Lansbury, whose incisive pass unlocked the visiting defence and allowed El Ghazi to score with their only shot on target in the first half.

And after Cutrone levelled, Lansbury, who is yet to start a league game this season, laid on the winner with a low free-kick that Elmohamady, Villa's captain for the night, met at the near post.

That ensured a repeat of the result from when these two sides last met in the competition back in the 1995-96 season, when Villa went on to lift the trophy.

'Henri needed a game' - manager reaction

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith: "I don't think I've been involved in a game where we've had as much possession. My only gripe is that we didn't score more goals and test their goalkeeper more.

"I thought he [Henri Lansbury] was excellent tonight. His vision is there for everybody to see. Henri needed a game and we have got out of it what we wanted, which was to progress and get minutes into some of the lads."

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: "For three seasons in the Carabao Cup, it's a competition that we've wanted to give a chance to youth players, to make them develop and grow.

"We have competitions to play. This is the same approach we had in all the games in the Carabao Cup, which we respect a lot, we always put players in because we want to build players, build a team, build a better squad for our future."


Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Steer
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 15Konsa
  • 30Hause
  • 3Taylor
  • 8LansburySubstituted forMcGinnat 81'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 14Hourihane
  • 21El Ghazi
  • 39DavisSubstituted forKodjiaat 50'minutes
  • 17Trézéguet


  • 5Chester
  • 7McGinn
  • 9Wesley
  • 11Nakamba
  • 24Guilbert
  • 25Nyland
  • 26Kodjia


Formation 3-4-3

  • 21Ruddy
  • 4Vallejo
  • 5Bennett
  • 49Kilman
  • 23Sanderson
  • 6Cavaco JordaoSubstituted forTaylorat 71'minutes
  • 26Perry
  • 29Vinagre
  • 77CampbellSubstituted forAshley-Sealat 68'minutes
  • 10Cutrone
  • 7NetoSubstituted forCristóvãoat 77'minutes


  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 39Taylor
  • 56Ashley-Seal
  • 58Samuels
  • 59Buur
  • 66Cristóvão
  • 76Richards
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Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamWolves
Shots on Target

Live Text

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    Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

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    Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Benny Ashley-Seal is caught offside.

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    Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rúben Vinagre.

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    Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ryan Bennett tries a through ball, but Patrick Cutrone is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Trézéguet (Aston Villa) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Neil Taylor.

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    Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

  8. Post update

    Max Kilman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Vinagre tries a through ball, but Patrick Cutrone is caught offside.

  10. Booking

    John McGinn (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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    Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).

  12. Post update

    Taylor Perry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. John McGinn (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Conor Hourihane following a corner.

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    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

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    Attempt blocked. John McGinn (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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    Foul by Kortney Hause (Aston Villa).

  17. Post update

    Benny Ashley-Seal (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. John McGinn replaces Henri Lansbury.

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    Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Trézéguet with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.


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