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Albrighton: Blues win not extra incentive

Aston Villa midfielder Marc Albrighton is targeting FA Cup glory this season but insists city rivals Birmingham's Carling Cup success is not an extra spur to clinch a Wembley final spot.

Blues lifted their first major trophy for 48 years when they overcame Arsenal on Sunday to give their fans the bragging rights in the city.

Albrighton would love to help Villa reach their first FA Cup final in 11 years, but knows his team have to be at their best to overcome Manchester City at Eastlands on Wednesday if they are to set up a home quarter-final with Everton or Reading.

"I've not really thought about whether Blues being at a final will inspire us to do the same," Albrighton said. "It would be great to get to a cup final - no matter whether Blues have been there or not.

"We've got to beat Manchester City first and, if we do that, we've got a hard tie against Everton or Reading. It's going to be hard to get there but we will do our best.''

Albrighton is keen for Villa to avenge a 4-0 mauling by Roberto Mancini's side in December in what was arguably their worst performance of the season. But he believes Villa will be full of confidence after the 4-1 triumph over Blackburn at the weekend.

"We were very poor up at City. Every player in a Villa shirt didn't perform that day. But we've beaten them since at our place so we know we are capable of it. We will go there and look to pick something up. We had a great afternoon against Blackburn and we will go there in high spirits and full of confidence.''

Albrighton will come face to face with former Villa player James Milner and admits he learned a lot from the midfielder before plugging the gap left by his £24million summer move.

"I've had the chance to fill a gap," Albrighton said."James is a great player. He enjoyed it here and has gone to a club going for more trophies like the league and looking for Champions League football. He is doing well there and Villa have probably missed him a bit.

"He was a great player for Villa and as lads we miss him. We get on well with him and good luck to him. To be sitting on the bench because he was in front of me, was no disgrace at all and I've learned from him more than anything.''


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