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Throwback Thursday: Saunders hat-trick sinks the Villans in the EFL Cup

2 September 2021

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Let’s go back in time this Throwback Thursday to last October when Fleetwood Town managed to beat Aston Villa 3-0 in the Papa John’s Trophy at Highbury.

Fleetwood came out the blocks firing as Harvey Saunders scored the first goal of the day within two minutes of the starting whistle. He doubled that soon after before completing his hat-trick on the 15-minute mark.

The first chance of the game fell to Fleetwood as Ryan Rydel played a through ball over the top of the Villa defence, for Saunders to run onto. The forward tapped the ball past Akos Onodi and placed the ball in the back of the net to open the scoring.

Three minutes into the game, Saunders secured his brace as Mungo Bridge played a loose ball across the back, which was pounced on by Fleetwood’s forward. He moved towards the goal and struck it into the top corner.

Fleetwood made it three around the 15-minute mark as Rydel whipped a perfect cross in from the left wing, which found Saunders in the box, who finished off his hat-trick with a diving header.

Here are the highlights from the game if you want a recap:

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