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Ash To Set Rapid Record Straight

Ashley Young is desperate to erase the nightmares of last seasons aggregate loss to Rapid Vienna, and help see Villa through comfortably this time round.

Speaking about his memories of 12 months ago on the Official Site certain events within the match still stick in his throat.

Drawing 2-2 on aggregate leaving Villa to go out on the away goals count left a sour taste in the mouth for those in the squad, but Ashley especially as he won two first half penalties but saw his own saved.

'I remember the penalty miss and obviously we got two goals and it felt like we turned the tie around completely. But they scored late on and it deflated us and eventually knocked us out.'

Although not playing a part in the first leg, Ash believes we are more than capable of putting the knife into Rapid on home soil and winning the match convincingly.

'The away goal we clocked up in Vienna is vitally important, and thoroughly deserved. They were brilliant out there and it is down to whoever plays on Thursday to do the job. I've every belief we will get them back at our place and we'll do the job and get the result that we need.'

Whilst preferring obviously to play, Ash has few qualms if Kevin MacDonald chooses to play the youngsters again.

'I was delighted with how they have done and ever since Kev has come in and given them a chance, they have been brilliant. Fingers crossed they can keep getting their chance. There is always competition for places and it is fantastic to see that.'

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 25 2010

Time: 5:00PM

Your Comments

get back on the wing ash
kenner
Ottmar Hitzfeld will the next villa manager my next prediction.
P.Avfc
Mac needs to put a few of our bigger names back in for this game. I'd still like to see players like Albrighton, perhaps Clarke and Bannan, get a run out, but we damn sure need to win this one!!
romanianvillain
i would be happy with Ottmar Hitzfeld as our next manager P.AVFC i think we in for a relegation battle guys this season, damn it i had a feeling before (He who cannot be mentioned) left us, Typical life as a villa fan we wait years for a decent team hopes expectations raised again, then BANG we get knocked back down bagain. Never the less my fellow Villans we are gonna be alright as ever, we survived the Deadly Doug years so we can survive anything. Villa Til I Die, Cmon the Villa prove me wrong please
ClivetheVillan
I hope he goes with the experience tonight to, I think Albrighton looked tired and with Downing 'rested' Ash is sure to be out there tonight. I hope Cuellar is in at Centre Back as well, where he's should be, it's going to be a tough night and I get the feeling 1 goal will settle it, just hope it's Gabby's!!
CannockVilla
 

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