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DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT

15-01-2010

Aston Villa

In which Dave Woodhall is most definitely not even contemplating the possibility of having to queue for League Cup final tickets.

We are NOT at Wembley. We have definitely NOT got one foot in the door. The Gods of hubris have no place here; not only are the chickens not being counted yet, we haven’t even started thinking about what might be inside those eggs.

But.

I’m not even going to pretend I haven’t been thinking about it.

Thursday night’s performance was the perfect way to tackle a semi-final first leg. Start well, score, then defend when you have to. Of course we had to let Blackburn back into the game in the second half, but they couldn’t get a goal and it’s looking good for next Wednesday.

It’s certainly better than the last few semi-finals we’ve played in when we’ve had two and three goal deficits to pull back and (usually) managed it, or the seventies League Cup adventures when we were forever letting lead slip, only to come good in the end.

This one promises to be a simple, straightforward progression. I’m not saying it will be, you understand. Just looking at it logically.

I’m not one to go on about how well the supporters performed, but ours were impressive as well. Numerous, noisy and a definite contrast to the almost-apologetic home gathering. Take ours out of the crowd and you’re left with maybe 13,000-odd. For a semi-final.

However, this isn’t the time to go criticising Blackburn or their fans. We’re on the brink of getting to Wembley for the first time since 2000. Vila Park next week will be raucous and the atmosphere electric. But I’m not making any predictions just yet.

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