Aston Villa progressed to the second round of the EFL Cup last night, winning 1-0 at League Two Yeovil.
It was a far from convincing performance and had Alex Fisher netted a penalty for the Glovers, it could have been much worse for Steve Bruce’s side.
They’ve started the season with three wins from three, but the manner of last night’s victory, courtesy of Conor Hourihane’s 77th minute strike, enraged the former Manchester United defender.
“I’ve told them that I’m disappointed and that I won’t accept that,” he told Birmingham Live. “The whole lot, as well. If we’re being brutally honest then we’ve got away with one.”
Villa made several changes to the side that beat Wigan at the weekend, with Andre Green, Jake Doyle-Hayes and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy all starting. There was also a debut for keeper Andre Moreira, who saved the Yeovil penalty to keep his side in the match.
Despite his anger he was quick to praise Darren Way’s side for their resilience in almost producing a big shock.
“Physically, they were big, huge monsters and we found it difficult at times. They made it a great cup tie for them and on another night they could have gone through.”
Villa head to Ipswich next, hoping to extend their 100% record in the league against Paul Hurst’s Tractor Boys.
Doing it on the perfect pitch at Aston Villa in front of a full house is one thing, but a n evening at Huish Park in front of a sparse crowd is something else entirely.
Yes, Villa got away with it here, but how many times do we see a Championship side struggle away from home? It would be more concerning if it had been at Villa Park, but Bruce should see this as an obstacle negated and one to chalk up to experience.