Houllier: Substitutes set up victory

28 October 2010 08:29
Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier heaped praise on substitutes Emile Heskey and Stewart Downing after they came on and scored in the 2-1 Carling Cup victory over Burnley. Villa needed extra-time to see off their Championship visitors, with Downing's effort in extra-time at Villa Park proving decisive in the end. Houllier said after the victory: "I don't take credit for the subs. The manager makes the decision to bring them on, but it's down to them. "They scored the goals, I didn't. I wanted to rest some players but I knew at some stage, with other players tiring, they would make a difference. "The problem with the subs is they have got to be in the right frame of mind. If they have the right attitude, if the hunger is there, then they bring something. "Their freshness can bring initiative which was the case. Emile came on and changed the game because he held the ball up." The Frenchman also paid tribute to the beaten Clarets, adding: "Credit to them, they played well. We made it difficult. We should have scored at least one in the first half. "That affected our confidence and we didn't play as well as we should have done in the second half. "They really wanted it, credit to them. We really wanted it too, which is good."

Source: ESA