Jonny Evans

Evans: Not The Result We Wanted

Leicester City were unfortunate to exit the Carabao Cup at Aston Villa on Tuesday, but must now refocus on other targets, says defender Jonny Evans.
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- Jonny Evans assesses Leicester City's 2-1 defeat by Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup Semi-Finals
- The Foxes were beaten 3-2 on aggregate following Mahmoud Trezeguet's 93rd-minute strike at Villa Park
- Evans says Leicester must now look to continue impressing in the Premier League and Emirates FA Cup
- Chelsea are next up for City at King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday (12:30pm kick-off)

Despite Kelechi Iheanacho equalising Matt Targett's opener at Villa Park, Mahmoud Trezeguet netted in the third of four minutes of added time to win the semi-final second leg tie.

Evans believes the Foxes performed well for much of the encounter in Birmingham, but must now accept a series of unfortunate events led to defeat and look to recover quickly from the setback.

"It’s not the result we wanted," the Northern Ireland defender told LCFC TV. "The performance was good at times, I thought especially in the first half, we were disappointed to come in at half-time 1-0 down.

"We showed great composure to get back in game and we felt comfortable. They’ve got one chance at the end and, to be fair, he’s put in a really good ball, and they’ve scored a good goal."

When we come back, every game’s really, really big for us. Obviously, our position in the league puts us in a position where we’ve got a lot to play for.

Jonny Evans LCFC TV

City were regularly denied by an excellent performance from Villa goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland, while they also had an appeal for a penalty refused in the first half.  

"It’s disappointing from our perspective," Evans added. "You’d like to see maybe one of them go in, especially Youri’s [Tielemans] effort, where it’s come off the bar.

"We could have had a penalty in the first half as well. At the time, I thought the VAR was definitely going to give the decision.

"His hand’s high and he’s stopped the ball going towards goal and I was baffled that it wasn’t given."

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Aston Villa 2 Leicester City 1 (Agg: 3-2)

Extended highlights from the Carabao Cup Semi-Final second leg tie between Aston Villa and Leicester City at Villa Park.

With Chelsea next up at King Power Stadium in the Premier League, Evans says City must lock their focus in on ensuring a successful end to the season.

"Every game for us towards the end of the season’s a big game," the 32-year-old continued. "We’ve got the FA Cup, another cup competition that hopefully we can progress in.

"Obviously then the league, we’ve got a big game against Chelsea at the weekend, before a little winter break.

"When we come back, every game’s really, really big for us. Obviously, our position in the league puts us in a position where we’ve got a lot to play for."

All times GMT.

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