Aston Villa 1-2 Stevenage: League Two side produces stunning late comeback

League Two Stevenage produced an incredible late comeback to stun Premier League Aston Villa at Villa Park and reach the FA Cup fourth round.

The visiting players and manager Steve Evans celebrated with their supporters at full-time after two goals in the final two minutes clinched a magnificent victory.

Substitute Dean Campbell fired in a superb 90th-minute winner after Jamie Reid’s equalizer from the penalty spot – the spot-kick awarded after last man Leander Dendoncker was shown a straight red card for bringing down Campbell.

Morgan Sanson’s first goal for Villa had given Unai Emery’s side a half-time lead.

But the hosts, despite their overall superiority, were unable to extend their advantage and they were made to pay in a remarkable conclusion to the match.

Stevenage’s reward is a trip to Championship outfit Stoke City in the fourth round, which takes place from 27 to 30 January.

Line-ups

Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

  • 25Olsen
  • 2CashSubstituted forYoungat 71′minutes
  • 16Chambers
  • 20Bednarek
  • 17AugustinssonSubstituted forWorthyat 81′minutes
  • 8SansonSubstituted forJ Ramseyat 67′minutes
  • 32DendonckerBooked at 85mins
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 31Bailey
  • 9EngSubstituted forWatkinsat 72′minutes
  • 23CoutinhoSubstituted forBuendiaat 66′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1And Martínez
  • 5Mings
  • 10Buendia
  • 11Watkins
  • 18Young
  • 27Worthy
  • 41J Ramsey
  • 44Kamara
  • 72Young

Stevenage

Formation 5-3-2

  • 12Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Wildin
  • 6Sweeney
  • 15vancootenSubstituted forBostwickat 83′minutes
  • 5Piergianni
  • 3ClarkSubstituted forCampbellat 63′minutes
  • 8TaylorSubstituted forSmithat 68′minutes
  • 4Reeves
  • 11roberts
  • 32RoseSubstituted forReidat 63′minutes
  • 9NorrisSubstituted forI loveat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Chapman
  • 10Campbell
  • 14Smith
  • 18Bostwick
  • 19Reid
  • 24I love

Referees:
Graham Scott

Attendance:
32,343

Live Text

Villa unravel as Stevenage causes huge FA Cup upset

For 84 minutes, it all appeared rather straightforward for Aston Villa.

But their bid to end their worst ever FA Cup-losing run – which extends to an eighth match – unraveled from the moment Dendoncker was dispossessed on the edge of his own box and grabbed the shirt of Campbell.

Referee Graham Scott appeared to initially award a free-kick but then produced a red card and pointed to the spot, allowing a video assistant referee review to confirm the penalty.

Reid held his nerve to send Robin Olsen the wrong way and put Stevenage on course for a replay – a feat which would have been a fantastic achievement on its own.

But the League Two side were not done yet and some quick thinking from Jake Reeves to pass his corner to Campbell resulted in the 21-year-old Scot drilling a shot into the bottom corner and sending the away fans into raptures.

Villa have now progressed from just one FA Cup tie since reaching the 2015 final.

More to follow.

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