Stevenage was only able to identify six substitutes, but two of them, Jamie Reid and Dean Campbell, scored goals in the 88th and 90th minutes, allowing the League Two champions to take the shock of all shocks in this extraordinary FA Cup third. roll and come from behind to beat seven times winners astonville59 places above them in the football rankings.
Villa thought they had finally put an end to their lousy third-round record when they beat Morgan Sanson’s halftime goal with two minutes left and received a ball from Leander Dendoncker goalkeeper Robin Olsen at the edge of his own penalty area.
This is the usual type of risk that Premier League midfielders always take. But when the Belgian international tried to outdo his man, Campbell didn’t have it. The young Scottish player, who came on loan from Aberdeen, eliminated Dendoncker, who continued to pull his shirt just outside the penalty area and then took his foot away from the inside.
Graham Scott issues a free kick before looking at his assistant who has just pointed a penalty. After all, Campbell had the advantage of getting into the penalty area. Scoring in a second-round win at Kings Lynn, Reid kept his cool 12-yards down to point and send Olsen the wrong way. Dendoncker was sent.
Villa, who lost for the seventh time in a row at this stage of the competition, was shocked. Impressive from start to finish, Jake Reeves was allowed a short corner to Campbell who was let loose by Villa. He went to the corner of the penalty area before smashing his shot past Olsen from the close post.
Unai Emery may have made eight changes to the Premier League, but the FA Cup was at the top of his agenda after Unai Emery, a three-time Europa League winner with Sevilla, won three of his first four games at Villa Park. Instead, a Fourth round trip to Stoke City It is owned by Stevenage.
With only one defeat in 15 games, which was a loss to Portsmouth in the Football League Trophy, Stevenage’s confidence has never waned. Social media teams even suggested that Philippe Coutinho’s substitution took longer than usual when he was down 1-0 because Villa had to get him out of Luther James-Wildin’s back pocket first.
it was calculated that Stevenage beat Newcastle United 3-1 in 2011 ranked third among the top 50 third-round shocks of the last half-century. This is at least equivalent to this. It will be difficult for Villa to recover from disgrace.
This FA Cup It represented Villa’s main victory opportunity this season. Surely this is more appealing than any late rise to seventh place in the Premier League and the appeal of the European Conference League. Opportunity has also knocked on a few players who have become peripheral in Villa Park but none of them truly grasp theirs.
Stevenage broke in the 17th minute only to time Luke Norris’ escape from behind Matty Cash too early. Danny Rose finished properly with a low side-footed effort to the bottom of the corner before VAR reassured Scott that the offside flag was properly lifted.
Coutinho made his debut since his mentor Steven Gerrard. dismissed in OctoberHe was someone who had a lot to prove. But the former Liverpool star has often cut his right foot from the inside to shoot very high shots or let goalkeeper Taye Ashby-Hammond, who was on loan from Fulham and helped Boreham Wood get to the fifth round last season, to a comfortable save.
Sanson was another name eager to show Emery that he deserved a future here. Signed for £16 million from Marseille Two years ago, he scored his first goal for Villa in his first start since last February. It was a very well-crafted goal filled with one-touch playoffs. Coutinho fed Douglas Luiz and when Leon Bailey invited Danny Ings to play for Sanson, the Frenchman tapped to stabilize his balance before sending a sharp drive into the far bottom corner.
If the big home crowd thought the floodgates would open, the 3,000 Stevenage fans had other ideas. Scoring against Gateshead and Kings Lynn in the previous two rounds, Norris nearly expanded their cup heroes, but his crossover shot deflected from the top of the woodwork.
Stevenage continued to take credit in the second half, even after Bailey shot wide at close range and Ings shot after what looked like a million passes. Steve Evans’ side simply let Villa dominate and then sought their chances at the timeout or set pieces.
Captain Carl Piergianni headed for Jake Reeves’ corner. The latter then directed a 20-yard wide shot. Stevenage was still involved even as Calum Chambers took a shot between a string of substitutes just before Coutinho’s final contribution. Stevenage was able to name just six, a measure of squad depth. What they lacked in resources, they more than made up for with their hearts and beliefs. How did the fans congratulate him with the final whistle?
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