Villa boss Houllier looks to FA Cup for silverware



Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier believes his Villa side can follow in neighbours Birmingham City’s footsteps and win the FA Cup this season.

Birmingham beat Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday to lift the Carling Cup, and Houllier wants his Villa team to have the chance to play at Wembley.

Villa haven’t won a trophy since 1996, and their 15 year wait doesn’t look likely to end anytime soon, unless they can make the most of this seasons opportunity.

Villa travel to Eastlands to take on Manchester City, knowing that a win will see them with a Quarter Final tie against Reading, after the Berkshire club knocked out Everton last night.

“I’m pleased for Alex McLeish (Birmingham manager) because he is a good man, I’ve known him for a long time and well done to them,” said Houllier.

“It has been their year in the cup. If we could win the FA Cup that would be fantastic because it would mean two cups in the same city. We will win things, I know that for sure.

“It is not the fact our rivals have won something that is going to change my mind about what we are doing here.

“The FA Cup is an opportunity, although it is not the easiest of games against Man City.

“But I have got the squad now, players who know what we want to do. Whoever plays, I’ll be happy and I know we’ve got a good chance.”

Houllier added: “Last time we went there, it was probably our poorest performance of the season.

“Ever since we have done better and we then beat them at our place.

“They were probably the better side but we won and, so many times, I thought we’d been the better side and lost.

“I still think that was a tremendous win for us because after that we built up a good series of results.

“We work harder, we run more, we are starting to improve and progress and the fans are enjoying it.”

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