O'Neill sets Villa cup challenge

24 January 2010 11:38
Villa are already through to the Carling Cup final after their midweek success over Blackburn.[LNB]Now O'Neill has challenged his players to repeat that achievement in domestic football's number one cup competition.[LNB]Goals from Fabian Delph - his first for the club - Nathan Delfouneso and Ashley Young enabled Villa to overcome the League One side.[LNB]O'Neill said: "Can we reach two cup finals this season? We are certainly going to try. We've reached one already and now we're in the fifth round of the FA Cup.[LNB]"Of course, you need some luck with the draw and a lot of things can happen in cup matches which are one-off games.[LNB]"But if the quality players we've got here stay fit, there is no reason why we shouldn't try and achieve the double."[LNB]Delph has made only a handful of appearances since moving from Leeds in a £6million summer deal.[LNB]But he produced an impressive show against Gus Poyet's side and broke his scoring duck for the club during the second period.[LNB]O'Neill said: "Fabian was excellent in the last round against Blackburn and he again showed what a capable footballer he is. He has got a really good future ahead of him.[LNB]"He found it frustrating when he came here after playing over 100 successive games for Leeds.[LNB]"He started against Wigan on the opening day but I knew he would play a couple of games, then go out of the side, and then maybe play another couple as he got used to the Premier League.[LNB]"That can be frustrating and in addition a couple of our midfielders in James Milner and Stiliyan Petrov have been playing very well.[LNB]"It was tough for him to break through, but he will break through. He has a very good future in front of him."[LNB]Brighton boss Poyet, who played for Chelsea against Villa in the 2000 FA Cup final, took plenty of pride from his team's performance.[LNB]He said: "We put everything into the game and the fans were absolutely fantastic.[LNB]"We made a couple of mistakes and paid the price for that, but we showed during this game that we can compete with better players.[LNB]"I was never going to come to Villa Park and try and play for a 0-0 and be boring.[LNB]"That is not my style. I wanted to come and entertain and the boys can be proud of their efforts."[LNB][LNB][LNB]

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