Carabao Cup Quarter Final
On a clear, cold night in Birmingham, Aston Villa took on Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup Quarter Final. Spurs, second in the Premier League up against Aston Villa, 1st in the Championship.
The big news was that Jack Grealish had to make do with a place on the Spurs’ bench and Villa welcomed back Tammy Abraham, after he was rested for Keinan Davis at the weekend. Everybody was raving about it being Kane (only 8 premier league goals this season) against Abraham (18 goals this season) that no one really looked at Jonathan Kodjia.
The Ivorian had a slight blip last month when he was dropped but Wenger put his trust in him to bounce back and his relationship on pitch with Bolasie worked a treat already this season.
Spurs were quite bullish about there chances with Harry Kane stating Villa were one of the easiest teams left in the competition. The thing is Villa were a team who had scored a huge 75 goals in all competitions this season. I think it had something to do with Arsene Wenger being in charge of Villa this season.
Villa exploded out of the blocks and after just 2 minutes they were in a shock lead. Bolasie got the ball from Taylor and ran for the byline, fed in a pin point pass for Kodjia to head home. Villa fans were obviously going crazy.
Bolasie has been mega impressive this season, especially against Spurs
Spurs tried to immediately hit back but Kane’s shot was very high, very wide and not so very handsome. Villa though continued to pressure Tottenham down the flanks and 10 minutes later they were 2-0 up. Hutton, this time drove forward, played a one, two pass with McKirdy and then this time cut in, played a pass to McGinn who fed a delightful through ball into the path of the oncoming Kodjia who did not waste the chance smashing it past the hapless Hugo Lloris.
Spurs then did have a spell of dominance but James Chester and Jacub Bedeau were having spectacular first halfs and limited Spurs to just 3 shots on target the whole half and Villa went in at half time 2-0 up and the pundits were loving the way Villa were playing.
Kodjia with an impressive hat-trick
This is the best Villa team I have seen since the Martin O’neill era said Sky Sports Paul Merson. They just have something about them that Wenger has managed to instil into them and I think it’s the fact you have the youth players coming up and the midfield know that Tonoli is coming in in the summer said Jamie Carragher.
Villa started the second half on the back foot and you got the feeling if they could just ride the Tottenham storm then the game would come back to them. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, Zinchenko and Bjarnason all came on. Spurs bought on Grealish and after 4 minutes of his introduction he was yellow carded for a foul on McGinn.
It was however Jonathon Kodjia who had the last laugh as he picked up the ball 25 yards out, passed it infield to Bjarnason who played it out wide to Bolasie and instead of crossing Bolasie hit a fizzing shot across the face of the goal. Lloris did well to save it but Kodjia was there to put away the rebound and score a hattrick.
Spurs could not do anything and Villa picked up a rather convincing victory which landed them Chelsea in the semi final. Can Villa go all the way, tune in to find out.
Mgriffin Yeah dude I was mega impressed with the result
ScottT I have great character in the squad and It is a shame I can not keep all of the loanees at the end of the season RHM is a positive though as is Bedeau
Justice Pfft nothing more I could do apart from slaughter Spurs?