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Villa promise not to sit on lead

20 Jan 2010 - 07:14:11

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has urged his side not to sit back as they try to defend a one-goal advantage in the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final against Blackburn Rovers.

A James Milner strike handed Villa a 1-0 victory at Ewood Park last week, with the Midlanders now strong favourites to go on and seal a place at Wembley.

The Irishman commented: "We have got to approach the game on its own merit and try to win the game from that viewpoint.

"I don't think we could be thinking about having any other approach because it takes only a second to get a goal and, if Blackburn score early on, you are back to level anyway.

"Any advantage can be taken away in seconds. We must have a positive approach, absolutely and forget the first leg in effect.

"The game will be very tight. There is no doubt, it is a very important game.

"We have come this far and I don't want to throw it away and we want to give everything we have and I know that is the one thing we will do.

"On the day we may not get the luck to carry us through, I don't know, but it won't be through lack of trying. There is plenty of confidence about the team and we are ready to go."


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