“We continued with the meeting, two mins later, ‘a lot of first team players are out’. We continued with the meeting, we carried on, then we heard the situation after training.
“Of course it impacted the situation, as we didn’t know who were playing, but that is it. [The team is] exactly [the plan].
“That was the intention, the line up we made and after training with as much as Villa could tell us, so we didn’t change the team. That was the team anyway.”
Meanwhile, Aston Villa’s caretaker boss Mark Delaney has revealed that first team boss Dean Smith spoke to his youngsters ahead of the tie.