Capital One Cup
January 22, 2013
Lambert: Cup win could be a turning point
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert admits overcoming Bradford in Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg could help turn their whole season around.
Villa have to recover from losing the first leg 3-1 to the npower League Two side at the Coral Windows Stadium a fortnight ago. But Lambert believes reaching Wembley can also have a positive impact on Villa's other main battle, which is Barclays Premier League survival.
Lambert said: "I don't sense any apprehension at all. I just feel we are ready for it and we know what we have to go and do.
"I am pretty sure everyone will make us favourites to turn it around. I think everyone will do that.
"In a cup game anything can happen but, with a big pitch and a crowd behind us, hopefully we will be able to score more than we did up in Bradford.
"We had a lot of chances up at Bradford. If we can create that amount of chances, then we'll be close.
"If we get through, the confidence will be great. The feeling around the club will be massive.
"It will be a great thing. It can definitely play a huge part in the season turning (around).''
"Bradford's form is probably not as good as they would like it to be. It can happen.
"You have a big night against someone midweek and you go and lose your next league game because it's hard to sustain that level.
"But it's about us and what we do. It's our home game and we know what we have to go and do.''
Villa striker Andreas Weimann is available after illness. Weimann scored Villa's only goal in the first leg.
Defender Nathan Baker (hamstring) has been ruled out and midfielder Ashley Westwood is cup-tied, while Lambert will make late fitness checks on goalkeeper Shay Given (hamstring) and midfielder Fabian Delph (ankle).
Bradford manager Phil Parkinson could hand a debut to new signing Michael Nelson.
Centre-half Nelson, 32, signed an 18-month contract at Valley Parade last week after Bradford agreed an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £30,000, with Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock.
Parkinson has no new injury or suspension problems following last week's Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat at Crewe, while several players will have had chance to rest various bumps and bruises following the postponement of Saturday's league game at Port Vale.
Goalkeeper Matt Duke, defender Rory McArdle and skipper Gary Jones are expected to return to the starting line-up, while winger Kyel Reid and on-loan Newcastle defender Curtis Good are hoping to keep their places in the side.
Another defender, Stephen Darby (foot), striker James Hanson (toe) and winger Will Atkinson (stomach) were all due to face late fitness tests ahead of Saturday's game and could also return to contention.