O’Neill expects Villa response

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."

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