Aston Villa got the derby delight in the Capital One Cup as Rudy Gestede’s second goal for the club sealed a 1-0 win over Birmingham City in a Capital One Cup Third Round tie at Villa Park.
Blues got the better of the opening period, causing the fans to make their negative feelings clear as the half-time whistle rung around the ground.
However, an adventurous double change swapped Villa’s fortunes and Gestede’s 62nd minute winner gave the home fans the bragging rights in the Second City.
It was the visitors who had the first chance of the game. Clayton Donaldson made himself a nuisance in the presence of Micah Richards, which allowed Jacques Maghoma to fire a shot inches wide from the edge of the box.
Villa responded brightly, as Scott Sinclair saw a shot blocked and Tomasz Kuszczak did well to deny Rudy Gestede on the follow-up. Just after, Leandro Bacuna’s low cross was inches away from Gabriel Agbonlahor converting it as Villa upped the tempo.
Sinclair was a threat for Villa as his driving run went into the penalty area but Kuszczak was there to deny the former West Bromwich Albion loanee. Unfortunately for Sherwood, the half-time result wasn’t good enough for the fans as they booed the players off the pitch.
The Villa manager reacted with a swift double change as Jack Grealish and Jordan Ayew came on, and the momentum of the game quickly went in the home side’s direction. After half-time, Sinclair continued to be the closest player to scoring, but his shot was deflected over from six yards.
After 62 minutes, Villa Park erupted as the Premier League side took the lead. Jordan Amavi’s curling cross was met by Gestede’s powerful header that beat the Polish goalkeeper and nestled into the bottom corner.
Demarai Gray was Birmingham’s bright spark and he was close to levelling with a thumping shot from 25 yards that flew inches wide of Brad Guzan’s goal. Just after, Gray played in Maghoma but the winger wasted a wonderful opportunity with a weak effort that Villa’s American goalkeeper easily saved.
Up the other end, Kuzsczak denied Sinclair’s curling free-kick from 25 yards as Villa ended the game strongly and Grealish’s celebrations at full-time showed his passion as the home side head into the fourth round.
Match Report by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)