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Villa boss O'Neill convinced players will not allow 7-1 Chelsea repeat

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is confident his players won't freeze in this weekend's FA Cup semi against Chelsea.

O'Neill is keen for Villa to clinch a second final spot after losing the Carling Cup final to Manchester United, particularly after losing 7-1 at Chelsea a fortnight ago.

He said: "The appetite for this game is even stronger having been to Wembley once this season. It is a great incentive for us.

"We lost the Carling Cup final and you could see by the second half performance in the FA Cup quarter-final at Reading that there was a renewed determination to get back there again.

"Of course, we face Chelsea. That won't be easy, particularly after what happened a fortnight ago, but the players are ready to go.

"We certainly got some lost confidence back from winning at Bolton and not conceding a goal helped us too. We know how difficult the task is ahead but we are ready for it.

"There is no question for a few days we were all pretty despondent after the Chelsea defeat, but the great thing is you get a chance quickly to put things right."

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