John Obi Mikel’s Stoke City are through to the Carabao Cup quarter-final after defeating Aston Villa 1-0 on Thursday night.

Sam Vokes’ first-half striker was all Michael O’Neill’s side need to win at Villa Park, and in the process secure a place in the competition’s last eight for the first time in five years.

John Obi Mikel

The former Chelsea star was handed a starter’s role to form a five-man midfield alongside Jordan Thompson, Josh Tymon, Jacob Brown and Nick Powell.

With barely 40 seconds played in the game, Tyrese Campbell played in Vokes down the right, however, Kortney Hause blocked his cross meant for Powell.

The Premier League side’s first chance of the game fell to Jacob Ramsey whose tame header was saved by goalkeeper Adam Davies.

Stoke’s breakthrough came in the 26th minute after Vokes headed a well-taken corner from Thompson past Jed Steer. That goal was a reality check for the hosts who attacked in their numbers in search of an equaliser.

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