Agbonlahor puts them to the sword

Aston Villa striker Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker Gabriel Agbonlahor scored his first goals since January as Aston Villa twice came from behind to knock Manchester City out of the Capital One Cup.

Mario Balotelli and then Aleksandar Kolarov had twice put the hosts ahead while Villa old boy Gareth Barry helped his former team’s cause with an own-goal equaliser and Agbonlahor took the tie to extra-time.¬†Charles N’Zogbia scored only his third goal since his summer 2011 move from Wigan to put Villa ahead early in the added period, and Agbonlahor ensured there was no way back with his second goal seven minutes from the end.

As the competition was fourth on City’s list of priorities the repercussions are unlikely to be felt for too long, but for five-time League Cup winners Villa it gives them just the lift they needed after an indifferent start to the campaign under new manager Paul Lambert.

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