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Gardner, Carruthers, Johnson in Young Reserves Line-up vs Hammers

Villa’s second string led by Kevin MacDonald face West Ham in a 7pm kick off at Bishop’s Stortford this evening. The former caretaker boss has named a young side to build on their impressive 3-1 home victory against Liverpool at Villa Park last week with double goalscorer Gary Gardner hoping for a repeat performance. Youth team captain Daniel Johnson joins the young midfielder along with hot prospects Samir Carruthers and Harry Forrester. Moustapha Salifou represents the sides experienced reserve team regular while Isaiah Osbourne returns from a loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday to feature. First-team breakthroughs Chris Herd and Nathan Baker line-up in front of young Swiss stopper Benjamin Siegrist in goal.

Starting XI: Siegrist, Berry, Deeney, Osbourne, Herd, Baker, Carruthers, Salifou, Forrester, Gardner, Johnson. Subs: Lampkin, Barrett, Burke, Graham, Donacien.

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