Chelsea academy graduate revels in Aston Villa failure
By Tom Blackburn
Luton midfielder Cameron McGeehan is revelling in the clubs’ shock victory over Championship side Aston Villa.
Villa went into the EFL Cup game as clear favourites and led through Jordan Ayew, before eventually losing 3-1.
McGeehan, who spent six years in the Chelsea youth set-up, said Luton knew they would have to deal with lots of early pressure from the Midlands club but they coped admirably on what was a memorable night for the League Two club.
“It’s amazing,” the 21-year-old told Luton Today. “From the management to the players, it was a special night and it’s the type of thing that we want to do for the rest of the season and create those types of atmosphere’s for the fans.
“The fans played their part. We knew we were playing against a top team and that they are going to come at you.
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“They need to win. They’ve been doing poorly in the league last year and this year they’ve taken it into the Championship.
“We knew it was going to be tough in the first spell and we knew we had to ride it out. (We had) a bit of luck, (Villa) hit the woodwork a few times and then we scored, came into the game and there only looked like one winner really.”
The Luton equalised shortly before half-time and Sky Sports pundit Iain Dowie claimed French left-back Jordan Amavi was to blame, as he made his comeback following a long-term knee injury.
“Amavi goes to sleep, he gets it wrong, he’s ball watching,” he told SkySports News HQ’s Soccer Special, as cited by HITC.
The goal in question was scored by Jake Gray before half-time and that was followed followed by a left-footed shot from McGeehan after the break that gave the underdogs the lead.
Centre-back Jores Okore scored an own goal to pile the misery on the Villa side and Roberto Di Matteo will need a drastic change in fortunes after suffering his second loss of the season.
Aston Villa were relegated from the Premier League after an abysmal showing last season, and Di Matteo has vowed to return them to the top-flight on the first time of asking.
The Luton loss is not their only early season failure though, with the club also losing 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday in their Championship curtain raiser last weekend.
They have made attempts to fix their defensive frailties this week by approaching West Brom for James Chester.
Di Matteo confirmed on Friday morning that the club were in talks to sign the 26-year-old.
In other Aston Villa news, they show interest in three midfielders from the same Premier League club.