Wembley's so close after Villa pound Pompey
By Ian Robathan
Tuesday 01 Dec 2009 23:07:00
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Villa are just one opponent – and two games – from Wembley after a clinical win at Portsmouth where they finally showed they could take a decent proportion of the chances they create away from home.

It was good to see Emile Heskey, James Milner, superbly, Stewart Downing, for the first time, and Ashley Young all on the scoresheet even if Villa did give the large travelling army a scare by letting Portsmouth pull it back to 3-2 with a few minutes left.

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It was a professional performance at Fratton Park, where, to be honest, Portsmouth were under strength, but for once we took our chances and created a fair few in the bargain.

The game started off at a frenetic pace with Portsmouth scoring in the first ten minutes from a Stiliyan Petrov og but Villa hit back within a minute with a sublime finish from Heskey, who always scores against Pompey even if he doesn’t manage it against many others.

For the rest of the first half we seemed to be taking it at a decent pace, created a few chances and Milner cracked in a fantastic finish with his left foot.

In the second half we comfortably defended Portsmouth pressure and a Downing goal on his full debut seemed to seal the game.

However, as usual with Villa, it is never that easy and a Kanu goal left our nerves jangling until a cool Ash Young finish sealed it.

And now we are into our 15th League Cup semi final. The draw is on Wendnesday night and all I ask for is that we get the home leg second.

This is definitely a competition we can win - and we need to win it. Now much of it goes down to the luck of the draw.

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