Sky Bet Championship club Aston Villa have erased memories of last season’s embarrassing League Cup First Round exit at Luton Town by beating Colchester United at a soggy Weston Homes Community Stadium in the newly branded Carabao Cup.

Villa lost 3-1 to The Hatters at Kenilworth Road 12 months ago but battled beyond Colchester United to record a 2-1 victory in extremely difficult conditions on Wednesday evening, a result which demonstrates how far the club have come.

Steve Bruce’s side took an early lead when Scott Hogan capitalised on an error from home keeper Sam Walker before Mikael Mandron missed a penalty for Colchester United. U’s defender Frankie Kent then scored an own goal before netting at the right end but it was not enough as Villa secured their place in the next round of the competition.

After watching their side put on a battling performance in Essex, Villa fans took to Twitter to give their views on the result.

The draw for the Second Round is expected to take place at 10pm on Thursday evening.

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