Aston Villa scraped past a resilient Yeovil side in last night’s EFL Cup first round after a rather tepid display at Huish Park.
A 77th minute Conor Hourihane goal was all that separated the two sides, but it could have been much worse for Steve Bruce’s side.
Tommy Elphick hauled down the Yeovil captain Omar Sowunmi to give the Glovers a penalty, but Alex Fisher’s spot kick was saved by Andre Moreira.
Few Villa players covered themselves in glory and Steve Bruce left nobody in any doubt as to his thoughts with an angry post-match interview.
One player who did catch the eye for Villa was 20-year old academy graduate Andre Green.
Green looked lively throughout and almost scored a stunner with a long-range drive, which gives the fans hope he might be about to break through.
He’s been on the cusp of the first team for eighteen months now, but this might be the season he finally emerges from Jack Grealish’s huge shadow.
Green admitted on social media that Villa made it hard for themselves and that drew many assessments of his performance, the best of which can be found below.
You need to show more self-confidence, too tentative in my view. Against a league two team, you should have been going at their full back over and over again. Too often you took the simple passive option. Be bold, nobody will ever be upset with you for that. Good luck next game.
— Chris Barker (@CBarker81) August 14, 2018
You were brilliant mate!! You need to start on Saturday without a doubt! Keep it up ????
— Total Villa (@Total_Villa) August 14, 2018
— AVFClivelounge (@AVFClivelounge) August 14, 2018
Touch looked a bit Loose first half but second half you looked a proper threat. Keep it going Andre ????
— JP III (@jpinkney90) August 14, 2018
Keep improving. If you give 100% then zero complaints from us. It’s clear you always try your best and give it all
— The O man (@SteveOldbury) August 15, 2018
Well played you! You were one of the positives from an, otherwise, pretty average night #UTV
— Graham Eva (@GreyEva1) August 15, 2018
Honest opinion @AndreGreen_ Good on you for that. The boss was unhappy and rightly so. You were unlucky with that shot in the first half. Big season for you. Just show us what we all know you can do.
— Stephen Starrs (@SS19642) August 14, 2018
One of our own!! Don't be too hard on yourself mate. Showing excellent signs for the season!! UTV
— Dale Stewart (@beetleguise74) August 14, 2018
Keep at it mate! Villa Legend in the making
— Michael Green (@murdocke) August 14, 2018