Aston Villa fans have been reacting to their side’s defeat to Chelsea tonight.
Villa played the Blues in the Carabao Cup 12 days after losing 3-0 in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge and suffered another loss, this time on penalties.
However they fared much better in West London this time around, holding Chelsea firm for the first half but went behind to Timo Werner’s header nine minutes after half-time as the hosts stepped up a gear following the interval.
Chelsea could have doubled their advantage through Mason Mount but didn’t and Villa drew level when Cameron Archer, who scored a hat-trick in the previous round against AFC Barrow, scored a header of his own when he got on the end of a superb Matty Cash cross.
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There were fears that Villa may have decided to prioritise the Premier League over the Carabao Cup, having made nine changes from the game against Everton last time out.
The game proved costly for Morgan Sanson, who picked up an injury on his comeback game.
Villa made a good go of it and took the game to a penalty shoot-out, with Chelsea winning on spot-kicks.
Villa supporters had their say on the match on social media at full-time, with an overriding feeling of pride having taken the reigning European champions to the wire over the 90 minutes of the match.
“Whatever happens it is another great performance,” one fan said on social media while another added: “Regardless of the final result of this match Villa have some super talented youngsters and it’s lovely to see them taking centre stage!”
“What a performance that was,” a third fan said.
Another added: “That’s a great 90 minutes from us, fantastic all around lads,” while a fifth supporter said: “These players have matched the European champions over 90 minutes.”