By now his players will have taken stock, and begun in their own ways to put into perspective the achievement of taking their club to a Wembley final for the first time in a decade following their 6-4 victory, which put them through 7-4 on aggregate.
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For the old (or older) players, like Richard Dunne and Stephen Warnock, the overriding feeling will perhaps be of relief to have finally reached a final. For Dunne, unlucky to see his second-half effort bundled in off Steven Nzonzi, given as an own goal against the Blackburn midfielder, this will be his first final in 14 years as a professional.
"It will mean everything," said Warnock. "Dunny hasn't played in a final before, nor myself. It is a brilliant feeling."
The left-back, a Blackburn boy until the summer, has added reason for good cheer, for it was he who converted Ashley Young's cross on the half-hour to breathe life into flat-lining team-mates.
"I saw Stewart go inside and thought I'd try the back post," he said. "We were in desperate need of something and were fortunate to get back into the game at that point."
Villa made good use of their foothold, the character they showed in doing so can surely be used as impetus for the rest of the season. "It inspires us to be more ambitious," Warnock agreed.
"We have got big players at our club who want to play in finals every year.
"It's learning how to win, getting that into your system, then trying to repeat it. We have the players. Richard Dunne, James Collins, Emile Heskey they are the sort of players you need around the squad."