Villa also recruited Ezri
Konsa and Kortney Hause during the summer.
Villa made 10 changes to the side which won Friday's Premier League match at home to Everton - with Jota the only player to retain his place - but the outcome was rarely in doubt after Ezri
Konsa, one of three summer signings making a competitive debut, headed home a third minute opener.
Villa combined well on the left allowing Hourihane to cross, and when Crewe debutant Rio Adebisi failed to clear, another debutant Ezri
Konsa was at the far post to ram a header home.
Villa spent more than PS100 million on new recruits, largely replenishing an ageing and depleted defence with the likes of Bjorn Engels, Tyrone Mings and Ezri
The Bees have had a good window having sold striker Neal Maupay to Brighton for PS20m, defender Ezri
Konsa to Aston Villa for PS12m and schemer Romain Sawyers to West Brom for PS3m and invested in nine new faces across the teams.
Manager: Dean Smith Major ins: Tyrone Mings, Anwar El Ghazi, Wesley, Matt Targett, Jota, Kortney Hause, Bjorn Engels, Ezri
Konsa, Douglas Luiz, Trezeguet, Tom Heaton.
"The numbers banded about around the 11 players that we brought in so far, three of them were with us last season, two of them I've worked with before at Brentford with Ezri
Konsa and Jota and there's three or four who have worked with our players already so the integration hasn't been as hard as some people would have you imagined.
WESLEY - [pounds sterling]22m; TYRONE MINGS - [pounds sterling]20m; DOUGLAS LUIZ - [pounds sterling]15m; MATT TARGETT - [pounds sterling]11.5m; EZRI
KONSA - [pounds sterling]12m; MARVELOUS NAKAMBA - [pounds sterling]10.75m; TOM HEATON - [pounds sterling]8m; TREZEGUET - [pounds sterling]8m; ANWAR EL GHAZI - [pounds sterling]8m; BJORN ENGELS - [pounds sterling]8m; JOTA - [pounds sterling]4m; KORTNEY HAUSE - [pounds sterling]3m.
A summer of wild extravagance has panned out like this: WESLEY -- PS22m; TYRONE MINGS -- PS20m; DOUGLAS LUIZ -- PS15m; MATT TARGETT -PS11.5m; EZRI
KONSA -- PS12m; MARVELOUS NAKAMBA -- PS10.75m; TOM HEATON -- PS8m; TREZEGUET -- PS8m; ANWAR EL GHAZI -- PS8m; BJORN ENGELS -- PS8m; JOTA -PS4m; KORTTNEY HAUSE -- PS3m.
TRANSFER MASTERS Most expensive signings PS5.5m Pontus Jansson, Leeds, July 2019; PS3.5m Mathias Jensen, Celta Vigo, July 2019 Most expensive sales PS12m Ezri
Konsa, Aston Villa, July 2019; Chris Mepham, Bournemouth January 2019 Next to go?
The Bees have flogged Ezri
Konsa to Aston Villa and got in Jansson for half the money.
Out : Jack Bonham (Gillingham, free), Yoann Barbet (QPR, free), Daniel Bentley (Bristol City, undisclosed), Moses Odubajo (Sheffield Wednesday, free) Ezri
Konsa (Aston Villa, [pounds sterling]12m), Lewis MacLeod (Wigan Athletic, free)