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O'Neill expects Villa response
09 Apr 2010 - 09:16:28
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill believes the desire to make right two of their biggest disappointments of the season will drive on his players in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.
Villa were mauled 7-1 by the Premier League leading Blues two weeks.
Villa also lost 2-1 to Manchester United in the final of the Carling Cup at Wembley back in February.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's return to Wembley to take on Chelsea, he said: "We lost the Carling Cup Final and you could see by the second-half performance in the FA Cup quarter-final at Reading that there was a renewed determination to get back there again.
"Of course, we face Chelsea. That won't be easy, particularly after what happened a fortnight ago, but the players are ready to go.
"We certainly regained some lost confidence by winning at Bolton last weekend - and not conceding a goal helped us too.
"We know how difficult the task is ahead but we are ready for it."