‘It’s magical’: Stevenage manager Evans delights in shock victory at Aston Villa | FA Cup

Steve Evans, the manager of Stevenage, acclaimed his League Two players’ “hearts the size of Big Ben” as they knocked Aston Villa, 59 places above them in the pyramid, out of the FA Cup in the biggest shock of an exhilarating weekend of third-round upsets.

As Villa’s new manager, Unai Emery, admitted he may need to start making greater demands of his players, who lost 2-1 after leading until Jamie Reid’s 88th minute penalty, 3,000 Stevenage fans raucously celebrated reaching the fourth round for the first time in nine years.

Villa have now lost eight consecutive games in this…

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