Aston Villa battled hard at the King Power Stadium against Leicester City to take a 1-1 draw back to Villa Park for the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.
Frederic Guilbert fired Villa into a half-time lead which they kept until 16 minutes from time when Kelechi Iheanacho restored parity.
With the Foxes flying high in the league, however, many outsiders feared the worst for Villa. That wasn’t the case though and Dean Smith’s team were worthy of their positive result.
On another night Villa might have taken a lead back to their home ground. Jamie Vardy was kept quiet and at the other end, Jack Grealish was busy pulling the strings.
Tyrone Mings returned to the starting line-up following his recent injury and that was a massive boost for the Villans.
His presence has been sorely missed in recent weeks and with him back to full fitness Villa will fancy their chances of pulling clear of the relegation zone.
After the game Mings took to Twitter to rave about the performance of his team-mates:
Performance to be proud of tonight by everyone 💜🤝 pic.twitter.com/blWiF7tNgj
— Tyrone Mings (@OfficialTM_3) January 8, 2020
Ezri Konsa has been given a new lease of life since Mings’ injury and he kept his place despite the return of the England man.
The ex-Brentford man saw a header rebound off the bar in the first half, whilst he was solid at the back.
He too posted a heartfelt tweet after the game, thanking the club’s supporters for their backing during the contest:
— Ezri Konsa (@Ekonsa15) January 8, 2020
Aston Villa are next in action when they face champions Manchester City on Sunday.
The Villans could be in the relegation zone by the time they next play and they need to go on a run quickly.
Smith worked tirelessly to get Villa promoted and he will be desperately hoping to avoid an instant return to the Championship.