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Villa To Take The FA Cup Seriously

This is good news. Martin O'Neill is quoted in the press and the official site as saying Villa are deadly serious about the FA Cup and he will field a strong team against Gillingham showing the oldest Cup competition in the world due respect.

'We’re going fine in the Premier League and the UEFA Cup is not until February. I’ve spoken to the players and they really do want to get through in the FA Cup. We’re ready to go.' Adding, 'The FA Cup has taken a back seat recently with the Champions League being the Holy Grail, but it’s still a great competition.'

On the official site he says 'The FA Cup has a fantastic tradition and history - it's just a great competition....For us, it would be great to do well. It hasn't been great news in recent seasons. The football club reached the cup final in 2000 and we have been nowhere near since.'

And on Sunday's game (1:30pm kick off) 'At Gillingham, we want to compete and win the game. We will treat the competition with all the dignity it deserves.'

Vital Villan already reported yesterday that Curtis Davies has called on Villa to end our habit of being giant killed in the Cup and to secure a comfortable win against Gillingham. Davies said when speaking on the official site that he and the team are determined to put things right after losses to Leicester and QPR in recent seasons and he has said that the FA Cup is on our priority list this year. Full article: Professionals Not Pub Players

Our last poll, suggested by Col8, asked:

Should MON play full strength in the FA Cup v Gills?

Looks like 62% will be happy as they voted: Yes, show Gills and the Cup respect.

That left 35% voting: 'No, play the second string' and 3% unsure.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 3 2009

Time: 11:53AM

Your Comments

winning the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and the league this season is going to be such good fun...!
The Fear
I like your optimism, Fear.
Oulu Villan (Fin)
You're such a pessimist, Fear. Have you given up on the Football League reinstating us into the Carling Cup? It's all doom and gloom round here...
IanSymes
Lads are any of you watching Soccer Saturday now, if so then you have just seen some quality comments from the legend that is Allan Macanelly or however you spell it. Basically he was sort of slagging Hull of, saying they need to get over the penalty decsion. Proper sticking up for the Villa was quality.
Jonesy08
Ian, you are on form today..! Good job you bought me a pint, you can get away with anything after that!
The Fear
think they call it alcholism Oulu !!!!!!! Rambo loves the Villa Jonesy, what a top bloke!
The Fear
I think MON's right to take it seriously. I think i can speak for maybe the mjority of the fans in saying our main competition this season has to be the league. But i would love to go a little cup run in the F.A Cup aswell as the UEFA Cup. But im just enjoying the good times at Villa at the moment and long may it continue.
Jonesy08
Good on yer Mart. We have to take it seriously. Maybe not the competition it once was, but its a prestigious trophy, there to be won. Plus it guarantee's entry into the UEFA Cup next season should we be lucky enough to lift the trophy at Wembley in May, extra insurance should our push for a top four-five-six finish in the premiership falter throughout the second half of the current campaign.
glensider
Well Hull do need to get over it Jonesy08. They need to concentrate on their fight against relegation, not keep harping on about a penalty that wasn't. I cant understand their logic, their thinking, or their mentality.
glensider
Treble for Villa!!
abesaint
Never been to the Priestfield stadium so it should be a great day another one of the list come on you lions !!
B6_COMPANY
Taking it seriously? I believe it when i see it. Gonna put some money on Gillingham to win.
young_jonah
 

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