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We're going to Wembley

"Of course we’re confident. We’re playing well, we're unbeaten in all competitions since Christmas and we’re hard to score goals against."
27/02/2010 11:51,

The Villa view

Dave Woodhall, editor of Aston Villa fanzine Heroes & Villains, speaks to ManUtd.com about Sunday's Carling Cup final...

What would winning the Carling Cup final mean to Aston Villa?


Well, it will be a trophy and the first for a few years. More than anything, it will be a way of saying thank you to our owner, Randy Lerner.

Are the fans confident?
Of course we’re confident. We’re playing well, we're unbeaten in all competitions since Christmas and we’re hard to score goals against, which is always a good start.

How would you describe Villa’s road to Wembley?
It was fairly straightforward until that utterly insane semi-final second leg against Blackburn. We were 1-0 up from the away leg and then two down after 20 minutes at Villa Park. Later, we found ourselves 6-2 up before letting in two more goals at the end. Has any semi-final ever featured 10 goals before?

United haven’t beaten Villa this season. Does that give you added confidence?
Definitely. The fear of playing United that we used to have has gone now.

Who could be key to a Villa win?
If John Carew is in the right mood he’s unstoppable. James Milner can definitely nullify the United midfield and when Ashley Young is on top of his game he's as good as it gets.

And who do you need to contain?
It's a predictable answer, but if he's playing that Rooney bloke's not bad.

Who’s been your unsung hero this season?
Richard Dunne. He's been an absolute rock and the main reason our defence has been so good.

Villa seem a different beast under Martin O’Neill. What’s changed?
More than anything, there’s a feeling that success won’t just be short-term under Martin. I'm confident every season will be better than the one before. Martin is naturally very popular among the fans and it helps having everyone on the same side.

Finally, who should be on the plane to the World Cup: Michael Owen or Gabriel Agbonlahor?
In the past Villa fans have seen their players go to big tournaments and do well, only for their club form to then suffer. So, from a selfish point of view, I'd say Michael Owen.

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