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Houston 0-1 Aston Villa

We've won a Cup, we have some I dreaming? Joe Bennett scored, I must be!

Much earlier this morning Aston Villa achieved the unthinkable, in a Cup competition we didn't lose to lower league opponents and we come home with a piece of silverware to show for our efforts.

Who cares about record losing streaks and those horrors on a morning like this eh!

In the game against Houston Dynamo, left back Joe Bennett scored his first goal for Villa in the final throes of the first half as he used his head to connect with an Andi Weimann delivery.

This was another game I didn't see given the kick off time, but I did watch the first 20 minutes and my educated, balanced view of our play was 'meh'.

The Official Site carries a full match report, and it also says that the victory was 'well deserved' and 'could have been more convincing' so I'm assuming after the opening 20 minutes we did improve and have a number of decent opportunities.

In fact the OS lists good chances as falling to Karim El Ahmadi, Darren Bent, wonderboy Alan Hutton and Gary Gardner especially.

The one nil win saw us hoist aloft 'The Charities Cup' which was nice.

Villa first half:

Steer, Herd, Senderos, Baker, Lowton, Bennett, El Ahmadi, Delph (Richardson 30), N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Weimann.

Villa second half:

Steer, Hutton, Richardson, Herd, Clark, Stephens, Gardner, Westwood, Bacuna, Grealish, Bent.

The early substitution of Fabian Delph was precautionary apparently.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Sunday July 27 2014
Time: 3:34PM


I stayed up and watched the whole thing, and the second half team played much better. Westy orchestrated the game well spraying balls around, Grealish was confident and seems to be close to 1st team standard, and Hutton was solid! For me, Bennett wasn't good enough defensively, but hopefully his goal gives him some confidence to kick on and improve.
27/07/2014 18:30:00
I didn't think I would ever say this, but I can see Hutton starting at Stoke. Two more players to come in? Ki, hopefully one. Other rumours are Ashley Young or Atsu from Chelsea. What about a left back? I can see Richardson playing left wing back, but if we have a back four? Bennett? Not sure about him yet
27/07/2014 18:36:00
We didn't lose to lower league opposition yes, we managed to beat a team the equal to lower league opposition....
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28/07/2014 00:30:00
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