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Spirited Colchester United narrowly beaten by Aston Villa in rain-soaked EFL Cup tie

Aston Villa celebrate Scott Hogan's first-half goal. Credit: PA
  • Colchester United 1-2 Aston Villa

Colchester United have been knocked out of the EFL Cup, despite a brave display against Championship side Aston Villa on a wet night in Essex.

The U's found themsleves 2-0 down within 20 minutes courtesy of Scott Hogan's opener and a Frankie Kent own goal, but could have reduced the deficit had former Norwich City goalkeeper Jed Steer not denied Mikael Mandron from the penalty spot.

Kent did pull a goal back just before half-time when he flicked home a speculative Kyel Reid shot, and John McGreal's side pushed hard for an equaliser after the break.

Frankie Kent was on the scoresheet for both teams. Credit: PA

However, Steer continued to keep them at bay as Villa held on for victory in awful conditions - making a terrific save from Sammie Szmodics late on.

"We’re through and that’s all it’s about in a cup tie," Villa boss Steve Bruce said.

"I can’t remember a game being played in conditions like that.

"I don’t know how we’re going to get home – maybe a ferry!

"I haven’t seen continuous rain like that for a while. It was quite incredible."

The result means that only Norwich City, Ipswich Town and MK Dons will be in tonight's second round draw after the rest of our region's teams were eliminated.