This turned out to be a frighteningly straightforward third round victory for another much changed Villa side that eased through in the Carabao Cup.
Villa fielded a heavily rotated eleven, with an appearance for back up keeper Jed Steer, Lansbury, Ahmed Elmohamady as captain and another run out for 19 year old Jacob Ramsay.
The hosts offered little across 90 minutes, as Villa strolled ahead courtesy of a neat finish by Anwar El Ghazi.Embed from Getty Images
Big money signing Bertrand Traore enjoyed a first run out since arriving from Lyon. The forward opening his account for the club with a sublime far post volleyed finish to make it 2-0 inside 15 minutes.
Villa never looked at risk and made changes in the second half, introducing record signing Ollie Watkins and Conor Hourihane for Henri Lansbury (who took a knock).
Watkins, who has radically improved the team’s attacking threat since his move from Brentford, scored the third and final goal on 73 minutes.
This professional and comfortable win sets up a fourth round tie against Stoke City, with the prospect of reaching the latter stages of the competition high for a second consecutive season.
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Bristol City 0-3 Aston Villa