Cameron Archer enjoyed a dream full debut as he bagged a hat-trick in Aston Villa’s 6-0 rout of League Two Barrow in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
Teenage forward Archer opened the scoring early on before Anwar El Ghazi found the net twice – and once from the spot – before half time.
Archer, set up by El Ghazi, made it four in stylish fashion in the second period, before Frederic Guilbert fired in a fifth. In the final throes, Archer capped off a memorable evening and a terrific individual performance with a fine third.
As they did at Crewe two seasons ago, Villa are up and running in the cup with six goals to their name.
Here are the player ratings.
Made one excellent low save to keep out Banks and that was his lot, really. A quiet evening back between the sticks and a clean sheet to boot.
Always keen to provide an outlet down the right, Guilbert didn’t always get it right – but when he did, the goods followed. One low cross in the first half was too close to the keeper, but his stood up ball for El Ghazi’s second goal was on the money. Took his goal superbly.
A good game to get his own fitness levels up after little first-team football in recent times, and Tuanzebe came through it without too many concerns. Demonstrated his agility and aerial prowess throughout. Very comfortable night’s work.
A little shaky very early into the evening, but from there he gathered his composure and was an imperious presence in the back-line which was very, very rarely troubled.
Booed constantly throughout the first half, for no particularly obvious reason. Having missed out on Saturday, to Ashley Young, this was a chance for Targett to improve his fitness levels further and put in a commanding display in the meantime. Passing was wayward in the first period particularly, but was never really troubled in a defensive sense.
The captain for the evening here, and a touch of class throughout. Playing alongside Nakamba in midfield, his passing qualities were on show for all to see. Came deep and collected the ball, and his passing range was superb as played roles in the build up to the first-half goals from Archer and El Ghazi.
Struggled in the first half. His passing was erratic, and he lost battles as Barrow began with verve and intent. Began to control proceedings in the second period against tired legs and well beaten players.
Carney Chukwuemeka 8
Carries plenty of swagger when in possession, but he can back it up with substantial quality. His passing, vision and quick footwork caused all sorts of problems. This was a good barometer for Chukwuemeka, who was up against physical, well built, experienced players.
Very lively, extremely quick and so dangerous with his feet. Operated on both wings, and while on the right he won the penalty in the first half. Had more than one sight of goal, but he didn’t pull the trigger quickly enough. JPB dragged a shot wide of the post and blazed over with another, but he wonderfully teed up Archer’s treble.
El Ghazi 9
Fresh from finding the net on Saturday, El Ghazi continues to score goals. He had a healthy record last term, and now has three to his name now. The penalty dink was very cheeky, while his second was a case of showing good awareness and a predatory instinct. Terrific pass for Archer’s second.
A lovely moment for Archer early doors as he found the net in a Villa shirt for the first time. Was a nuisance in the pockets of space as he dropped in to collect the ball. Quieter at the beginning of the second half but it was a razor sharp run and finish to seal his second. This is a message sent to the boss that Archer is ready when called upon.
A Ramsey (for El Ghazi 64) 7
A very enjoyable cameo. His pass in for Philogene-Bidace, in the build up to Villa’s fifth, was slick and then he wasn’t too far away with an effort from himself.
Caleb Chukwuemeka (for Carney Chukwuemeka 73)
Lindley (for Guilbert 82)
Substitutes not used: Sinisalo, J Ramsey, Swinkels, Bogarde
Barrow team: Farman; Brown, Brough, Taylor, Ellis (Arthur 70), Zanzala, Gordon (Kay 61), White (Williams 65), Grayson, Banks, Hutton
Subs not used: Jones, Lillis, Moloney, Nthle
Barrow – ; Villa – Archer 10, 63, 88, El Ghazi pen 24, 45, Guilbert 75
Attendance: 5,349 (662 away)
The referee: Martin Coy
Up next: Brentford (H) – Saturday 28 August, 3pm KO