Youth team edged out

"I'm absolutely gutted for the lads because we feel we've been robbed," McAndrew told the club’s official website. "The least we deserved was to take the tie into extra time and you could see the Southampton bench were panicking, because we were pressing for an equaliser, but it wouldn’t come." Villa discovered Southampton goalkeeper Zach Jones in fine fettle, making a memorable save from Phil Green, and when he was beaten – twice – his defence rescued him with goalline clearances.

It apparently just was not to be, but McAndrew is already plotting revenge, saying: "We have to stay top of our league and get through to the play-offs to set up another game against Southampton at the end of the season."