Villa confident cup success will continue
By Villa reporter
Saturday 23 Jan 2010 12:09:00
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Villa’s Carling Cup semi-final win over Blackburn has given them the momentum which can carry them through their FA Cup clash with Brighton.

Defender Stephen Warnock, scorer of the first of Villa’s goal feat the other night, says they must be wary of Brighton but are full of confidence and believe their bid for a cup double can continue against Gus Poyet’s side. Meanwhile, Villa have agreed to sell Craig Gardner to Birmingham.

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Warnock was on the wrong end of an FA Cup upset as part of the Liverpool side that wa knocked out by Burnley in 2005, so he knows how important it is for Villa not to underestimate the opposition.

He told the Villa official site: ‘I played against Burnley when I was with Liverpool a couple of years ago. We went out and that was highlighted and went down in history. I've played in games like that and I know what it is like to lose like that and get a banana skin.

’You are the Premier League side and they've got everything to gain and nothing to lose so it is a massive game and we've got to realise that.’

‘I think the lads will be on a high anyway and looking forward to any game that comes up because you are brimming full of confidence.

’You've got to look at it as another chance to get to Wembley and hopefully enjoy another night like Wednesday. It is a tough game but we know we've got the players capable of beating Brighton. They know they will be coming to a tough place and a team full of confidence.

Meanwhile Birmingham have agreed a £3m fee with Villa for midfielder Gardner.

The 23-year-old boyhood Blues fan will move to St Andrews subject to a medical and personal terms. Gardner came through the ranks at Villa Park and made 79 appearances for the club but has found his first-team opportunities limited.

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