Stevenage’s surprise FA Cup win over Villa is the chairman’s ‘biggest day’

Stevenage’s surprise FA Cup win over Villa is the chairman’s ‘biggest day’

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Stevenage manager Steve Evans revealed Sunday’s overwhelming FA Cup triumph against Aston Villa gave club chairman Phil Wallace “the greatest day of his life”.

The hopes of promotion to League Two caused a shock at Villa Park as two late goals secured a 2-1 comeback win over Unai Emery’s Premier League side.

Villa, who sent off Leander Dendoncker for a foul that led to Jamie Reid’s equalizer before Dean Campbell’s 90th-minute winner, have now lost eight straight FA Cup games.

But the hosts’ worries were a far cry from the thoughts of victorious boss Evans, who shared a revealing snippet of a conversation he enjoyed with his employer.

“It’s really special,” he told BBC Sport. “The chairman just told me this is the biggest day of his life and he has been at the club for 26-27 years.

“It’s a fantastic day for the city, but let’s face it; This is a fantastic football club and we’re going to enjoy the moment and these guys have treated us absolutely fantastic since we walked into the building today.

“We will know we have to be humble and get on with our work for Saturday.”


– Stevenage FC (@StevenageFC) January 8, 2023

It is indeed back to reality for the fourth tier side who travel to Harrogate next weekend as their promotion spurt continues.

For Villa, who host Leeds United on Friday, it’s a stark reminder that despite the progress they’ve made since Emery’s appointment in October, they still have a long way to go.

The winner came from a short corner as the 10-man hosts failed to close Campbell, who flicked a low shot past Robin Olsen.

An apologetic Emery, who made eight changes and saw his men take the lead through Morgan Sanson, said: “They were so excited to surprise us in the corner and they did it.

“I’m really sorry for the fans. It is a process that we are [undergoing] here and I want to create [something].

“It was really, really disappointing. We feel that because in the end we lost everything we created in the 80 minutes.”

It is the first time since 1964 that Villa have lost in the top flight to a fourth tier side.

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