Next Game

Groningen v Aston Villa

Saturday, 02 August 2014, 16:00

Friendly Match

Proact Stadium

Last Game

Chesterfld 3 - 1 Aston Villa

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 19:30

Friendly Match

Lambert: Final would be huge

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says reaching the Capital One Cup final would be an "absolutely phenomenal" achievement for his young side.

Last Updated: 08/01/13 at 19:11 Post Comment

Paul Lambert: Says reaching Capital One Cup final would be huge

Paul Lambert: Says reaching Capital One Cup final would be huge

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Villa's squad - the youngest in the Premier League - have had a rollercoaster ride in Lambert's first season in charge.

They are two places above the relegation zone after a wildly inconsistent season, but they are also through to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup and the fourth round of the FA Cup.

They take on League Two Bradford in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday and - regardless of the level of opposition - Lambert says reaching the final would be huge for the club.

"For this club to get to Wembley again would be extraordinary," he said. "In a one-off game there you just never know what could happen.

"To get there I think every player would tell you would be absolutely phenomenal."

Asked whether it would surpass any of his previous achievements, the former Scotland international said: "I think it would, yes.

"I never view it as any great achievement on my own behalf. It's the players and the fans.

"I never really look at myself and think 'I'm going to do that' because it is irrelevant. The important thing is what happens to this club and the players."

Tuesday's hosts Bradford, who have already knocked out Arsenal and Wigan, are without a win in their last three games but Lambert expects a tough night.

"Of course it will be," he said. "It will be a different team to the one that got beaten by Barnet at the weekend. You have to withstand that and be ready for it.

"The Bradford lads will give it everything they have got to try to turn us over. If we do what we have been doing that of late and match that then we'll see what happens.

"It's always tough. Bradford have got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Obviously it is a two-legged affair. We'll go up there and we know it will be a really good atmosphere.

"I've been up there before and it will be a tough game for us. But if we play we have been of late, we'll see."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

oes the absence of Winston Bogarde mean he's finally left Chelsea?

nellyknows
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

P

resumably, Diaby is in this team but receiving treatment

lee
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

A

deadwood 11 and not an arsenal player listed. Heady days.

EssexGooner
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

Footer 365

Transfer News: Manchester City in talks with Frank Lampard over loan move

Frank Lampard's representatives are in talks with Manchester City over a loan move, according to Sky sources.

Transfer news: Arsene Wenger admits Thomas Vermaelen could leave Arsenal this summer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger plans to make more signings this summer, but admits captain Thomas Vermaelen could leave.

Guus Hiddink vows to build on success of Holland predecessor Louis van Gaal

New Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink has vowed to build on the success of predecessor Louis van Gaal.

Mail Box

Are Villa Fans The Lowest Of Them All?

With the possible exception of Blackpool, are any club's fans feeling any more depressed about the start of the season than Villa? We also have a bizarre suggestion and...

How Can Tim Sherwood Be Out Of Work?

Don't peple know his PPG was THE BEST EVER FOR A SPURS MANAGER? We also have mails on Luis Suarez, the new fashion for 3-5-2 and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property