Stoke reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup after knocking out runners-up Aston Villa last season with a nice 1-0 win thanks to Sam Vokes’ header in the 26th minute.
Villa impressed during their first two Premier League games but had no rhythm when Dean Smith made 11 changes to the team that beat Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage on Monday.
Stoke was good value for their win, delivered to them by Vokes’ rebound kick at Jordan Thompson’s near-post corner, and should have doubled his close-range score in the second period.
The hosts offered little to disturb Adam Davies in Stoke’s goal with Anwar El Ghazi approaching forced penalties with a low drive as the league team prevailed to book a home match with Tottenham in the quarter-finals .
Aston Villa: Steer (6), Guilbert (5), Elmohamady (5), Hause (6), Taylor (6), Lansbury (5), Nakamba (5), Ramsey (6), Traore (6), Davisn (5), El Ghazi (6).
Subtitles: Konsa (6), Watkins (6), Jota (5).
Stoke: Davies (7), Collins (8), Souttar (8), Martins Indi (7), Thompson (8), Mikel (7), Tymon (8), Brown (7), Powell (7), Vokes (7) , Campbell (7).
Subtitles: Smith (6), Oakley-Boothe (6), Fletcher (6).
Man of the match: Harry Souttar.
How the runners-up of the Carabao Cup came out
This was the first League Cup match between Aston Villa and Stoke since October 1962, which Villa won 3-1 – but both sides made substantial changes with their priorities lying elsewhere. Smith returned from the same team that beat Bristol City 3-0 in the previous round, but the hosts lacked fluency during the opening period.
Stoke, who have entered the tie undefeated in their last seven away games against Villa in all competitions, issued a first warning when Nick Powell cut from the left and shot wide before the former Manchester United player was rebellious with his moments of punishment later.
Vokes should have broken the deadlock when he jumped on Josh Tymon’s cross from the left but was unable to direct his header into goal. Powell then found his shooting boots as his first attempt from the edge of the area forced Jed Steer to a nice save, but the guests took the lead from the resulting corner.
Thompson’s set shot was greeted superbly by Vokes’ header that Ahmed Elmohamady couldn’t keep out on the line. The setback shook Villa and five minutes later a Frederic Guilbert cross was headed wide by Henri Lansbury. It was the closest to breaking even before half-time.
The Potters have yet to concede any goals in any of the competition’s four games this season, and Davies was in the right place to fall on El Ghazi’s shot as Villa tried to establish himself early in the second period.
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith made 11 changes for the Carabao Cup match against Stoke. Jed Steer is back in goal with Henri Lansbury, Anwar El Ghazi and Bertrand Traore starting.
Stoke made eight changes while Bruno Martins Indi captained the visitors at Villa Park. John Obi Mikel started in midfield.
There was a further blow for Smith 12 minutes in the second period, when Kortney Hause was forced to leave for what appeared to be a groin injury and was replaced by Ezri Konsa, moments after Vokes had missed another good chance. on another evil cross from Tymon.
Aston Villa were looking to reach the League Cup quarter-finals in consecutive seasons for the first time in 2009/10 and 2010/11, but it was only after the introduction of Ollie Watkins with 19 minutes left that Davies was tested as the former Brentford striker forced a fine one-handed save from the edge of the box.
Steer went on for a corner in injury time as Villa desperately tried to take the game to penalties, but Stoke held out to reach the League Cup quarter-finals for the first time since the 2015/16 season.
What the managers said
The boss of Aston Villa Dean Smith: “First half, we were bad even though we had two open goals. We were better in the second half and I thought we could have two penalties for a couple of shots. We were excellent at Bristol City and rightly praised but we made too many mistakes. base.
“We still had chances but we didn’t take advantage of them. It’s a setback, but in terms of priority, making 11 changes lets you know where we are. It’s certainly a blip and now we have a tough game. Sunday. I had it. these players long enough to get to know them, but the players who entered tonight certainly didn’t credit themselves. “
Chief Stoke Michael O’Neill: “When you keep clean sheets in matches, it gives you a chance. It was a great header, it was Sam [Vokes] at its best with the subtle touch. It was a great cross from Jordan [Thompson] and I thought the young people were really impressed. Harry [Souttar] he came back from a loan at Fleetwood and fit in very well.
“Josh Tymon and Jacob Brown, tonight it was a young team but the younger players have really helped us this season. They are ready to play, we trust them a lot and the older players are happy to have them around. It’s nice that we can forget. the competition until December, but we have to use evenings like tonight to help us push ourselves into the league. “
- Stoke have won each of their last three League Cup matches against teams in a higher league, their best league in the competition.
- Aston Villa failed to score for the first time in 10 League Cup games, having previously scored 26 goals in the previous nine games.
- Having scored just one goal in his first 16 League Cup games, Sam Vokes has since scored four goals in his five appearances in the Stoke City competition.
Monday 5 October 14:45
Stoke have a Carabao Cup quarter-final on December 22 and 23, with all four of the last eight going live on Sky Sports.
Aston Villa hosts Liverpool in the Premier League Super Sunday; coverage starts at 7pm Sky Sports Premier League is Sky Sports main event; kick-off at 19:15.
Stoke will host Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship on Sunday at 3pm.