Martin O'Neill wants no second chances in Aston Villa's tie against Crystal Palace

12 February 2010 08:11
Villa have the week running up to the Sunday, Feb 28 final free with their last game before Wembley at home to Burnley seven days earlier, and O'Neill is anxious that the diary remain uncluttered by FA Cup replays.

"The Palace game will be very difficult for us," said O'Neill. "It would have been fantastic to have been drawn at home, but that would have been asking a lot because we've already had two home ties. It's a tough task for us but we'll go down there and try to get through.

"Crystal Palace are fighting for their lives. It's a great opportunity for them, a great opportunity to keep the club going and they'll be looking forward to it. It's a game that's very much in balance."

Gabriel Agbonlahor and Stiliyan Petrov could both be missing for Villa. Agbonlahor has missed training with a leg problem, while Petrov injured an ankle under a challenge from Nani in the league game against United on Wednesday.

Source: Telegraph