The lads fell behind to an 18th-minute Kevin Toner strike at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium, but Harry Kane slotted home a penalty just three minutes after the restart, after himself being upended in the box, to get us back on level terms.
We continued to cause Villa problems for the remainder of the second period, with Laste Dombaxe hitting the woodwork, while Harry also saw an effort pushed onto the upright by Villa keeper Benjamin Siegrist. Ultimately, though, a winner proved elusive.
Speaking after the game, Senior Professional Phase Coach Chris hailed the way the lads upped their game after the interval.
“In the first half we were a bit slow out of the blocks,” he said. “We still created chances but we weren’t really at the races.
“In the second we carried on with that good forward play, built on that, tightened up defensively and stuck to the game plan.
“Nabil Bentaleb’s forward running really sparked us in the second half and that allowed Harry Kane, Simon Dawkins and Kenny McEvoy to really come into the game, and their ability is there for all to see.”
Chris said that the lads were under no illusions as to the size of their task on Monday, adding: “It was a tough game as we expected, probably not as many goals as we normally see when we play Villa and certainly not from the chances created, but overall, a satisfying performance in the end.”