After brushing past Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup last night to set up a last 16 trip to Everton, people are starting to wonder whether Aston Villa can go all the way in this years’ competition.
Goals from Steve Sidwell, John Carew and Nathan Delfouneso ensured victory over the Championship side. As a result the football odds now have them down as the fourth favourites to win the whole thing.
Speaking after the game, Martin O’Neill admitted that he ‘loves the FA Cup’ and that he is ‘delighted’ to have progressed in the competition. However, he then revealed that in terms of his main priorities for the rest of the season, the Premier League is the ‘Holy Grail’.
You could tell that O’Neill was doing all he could not to undermine the FA Cup and I genuinely believe that he would like to go far in the competition. By saying that the Premier League is what is side should be ‘chasing’ though, he is being realistic about his aims for the remainder of the season.
It would be interesting to hear exactly what O’Neill is ‘chasing’ in terms of the league. Does he mean that he wants to win the title? Or is it simply a case of trying to secure a place in the Champions League for next season?
Whatever his aims, I would be interested to hear whether Aston Villa fans agree that the Premier League is the No.1 priority for the rest of the campaign.
It has been a while since Villa secured a trophy, so would the club prefer 5th placed finish and a FA Cup win or a 4th placed finish and another season without a trophy?
There is the UEFA Cup to consider as well. This is a competition that Martin O’Neill has reached the final of with Celtic in the past, so there is no doubt that he would like to go one better with Aston Villa. A European trophy really would be a sign of how far the club have come.
So, what do we think Villa fans? Premier League, FA Cup or UEFA Cup – which is more important to you?
Let me know!
By Thomas Rooney – a sports writer for Betfair – check them out for Cheltenham Betting