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Aston Villa edge Wolves to reach last eight of EFL Cup

Aston Villa edge Wolves to reach last eight of EFL Cup

Ahmed Elmohamady last scored for Villa in August 2018Goals 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.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."
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Line-ups
Aston Villa
12Steer
27El Mohamady
15Konsa
30Hause
3Taylor
8LansburySubstituted forMcGinnat 81'minutesBooked at 84mins[/i]
6Douglas Luiz
14Hourihane
21El Ghazi
39DavisSubstituted forKodjiaat 50'minutes
17Trezeguet
Substitutes
5Chester
7McGinn
9Wesley
11Nakamba
24Guilbert
25Nyland
26Kodjia
Wolves
21Ruddy
4Vallejo
5Bennett
49Kilman
23Sanderson
6Cavaco JordaoSubstituted forTaylorat 71'minutes
26Perry
29Vinagre
77CampbellSubstituted forAshley-Sealat 68'minutes
10Cutrone
7NetoSubstituted forCristovaoat 77'minutes
Substitutes
11Rui Patricio
39Taylor
56Ashley-Seal
58Samuels
59Buur
66Cristovao
76Richards
Referee:Lee MasonAttendance:34,962
Match Stats
Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamWolvesPossessionHome71%Away29%ShotsHome20Away7Shots on TargetHome5Away2CornersHome10Away0FoulsHome10Away12
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Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+7' Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.Posted at 90'+6' Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Benny Ashley-Seal is caught offside.Posted at 90'+4' Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ruben Vinagre.Posted at 90'+3' Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ryan Bennett tries a through ball, but Patrick Cutrone is caught offside.Posted at 88' Attempt saved. Trezeguet (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Neil Taylor.Posted at 86' Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).Posted at 86' Max Kilman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 85' Attempt missed. Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ruben Vinagre with a cross following a set piece situation.
Booking
Posted at 84' John McGinn (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 84' Foul by John McGinn (Aston Villa).Posted at 84' Taylor Perry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 83' 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.Posted at 82' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.Posted at 82' Attempt blocked. John McGinn (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 81' Foul by Kortney Hause (Aston Villa).Posted at 81' Benny Ashley-Seal (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution
Posted at 81' Substitution, Aston Villa. John McGinn replaces Henri Lansbury.Posted at 80' Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Trezeguet with a cross.Posted at 79' Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 79' Foul by Ruben Vinagre (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Substitution
Posted at 77' Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Flavio Cristovao replaces Pedro Neto.Posted at 76' Attempt blocked. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 76' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Taylor Perry.Posted at 73' Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Patrick Cutrone is caught offside.Posted at 72' Offside, Aston Villa. Henri Lansbury tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.
Substitution
Posted at 71' Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Terry Taylor replaces Bruno Jordao.Posted at 70' Attempt saved. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.Posted at 70' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.Posted at 70' Attempt blocked. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neil Taylor with a cross.Posted at 69' Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Pedro Neto is caught offside.
Substitution
Posted at 68' Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Benny Ashley-Seal replaces Chem Campbell.Posted at 65' Attempt saved. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady with a cross.Posted at 62' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.Posted at 62' Attempt blocked. Trezeguet (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross.Posted at 60' Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 60' Foul by Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers).Posted at 60' Attempt saved. Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.Posted at 59' Foul by Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa).Posted at 59' Bruno Jordao (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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