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19-02-2010

Dave Woodhall is looking at matters Astonian and wondering whether he should get a season ticket from Moor Street to Wembley Central.

When you get an equaliser three minutes from time and it comes from a corner that shouldn’t have been given, you know your luck’s in. When the game is a fifth round FA Cup tie away from home against a team from a lower division who’ve just been put in administration you also let out an almighty sigh of relief and start to wonder whether your name just might be on the cup after all.

I know it’s a bit of a joke to say that where the Villa are concerned, and I also know that our FA Cup record has been abysmal for the past half-century. But this time it just might be different and wouldn’t it be typical if it comes a few weeks after we win the League Cup as well?

If we’re going to win anything this season we’ve got to up our game a bit. The team showed a lot of character to equalise twice at Selhurst Park but despite the possession Villa had as the game wore on it wasn’t a vintage performance.

One or two players had off days and a few more are starting to look a bit tired. We always struggle to get results at Selhurst Park so a draw was a better achievement than it might have appeared at first glance.

Villa haven’t been to the new Wembley yet and we might find ourselves playing there four times between the end of this month and the beginning of August. Oh, what fun it is to be an arrogant Villa supporter.

Of course, it’s going to be difficult to get that far. Palace will be no pushovers and neither will either of our potential sixth round opponents. But it’s going to happen one year and it may as well be this one.

Before that we’ve still got a league programme to get through and the next team to visit Villa Park will be Burnley. They’re starting to struggle now after a good start to the season, their away form isn’t up to much and they’re still getting used to a new manager.

I know what should happen but there’s a big difference between ‘should’ and ‘will’.

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