Dramatic Villa Win v Leicester City
Martin O'Neill applauded the team for the 3-2 victory over Leicester City and said 'That was a night of real drama and the important thing is that we're through.'
Goals from Juan Pablo Angel, Gareth Barry (one penalty scored, one missed) and Gabriel Agbonlahor assured Villa of 'safe' passage into the last sixteen, but Leicester refused to give up and twice levelled the game.
O'Neill told the official site: 'I think we went through the whole range of emotions tonight, but the important thing is that we're through to the next round. We made the perfect start with a goal so early on and then, credit to Leicester, they pegged us back twice. I felt Gareth Barry and Gabby Agbonlahor were terrific for us all night and, if we were going to win, it would be one of them.'
'In the end it was Gabby who popped p with a timely winner, but it might just as easily have been Gareth, but for a sensational save right at the death. I'm not sure any of us would have survived penalties, but in the end we didn't have to worry about them and we're in the hat.'
O'Neill also praised both sets of fans after a great reception from the Leicester fans and 'the noise from the Villa fans was absolutely amazing.'
Small Heath also progressed, could our nerves stand a local derby cup game for the next round?!
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