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Sidwell proud as Villa "dig deep" to progress to quarters

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Sidwell proud as Villa "dig deep" to progress to quarters

By Paul Brown

Steve Sidwell was proud of the way Villa "dug deep" to secure safe passage through to the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup.

Sidwell saw the clash with Burnley as a traditional cup tie, with the away side approaching the game with "nothing to lose".

But he was pleased with Villa's work ethic and determination to progress, courtesy of the two super subs.

He said: "It's always pleasant putting in a shift and then getting the rewards after.

"We knew the longer the game went on, the tougher it would be but we dug deep and we knew we had enough quality there to get the win.

"It was a traditional cup tie - a team from a lower league coming with nothing to lose - as underdogs - and we knew it was vital to dig deep to get the result we needed.

"We knew they'd throw everything at us and that's what they did.

"We also knew as the game went on the chances would come and it was just a matter of putting them away.

"They were two excellent goals. The way the game was going it was going to take something extra special to break the deadlock and win the match.

"I'm sure the last thing Burnley wanted to see at that point in the game was Stewie coming on, with his fresh legs. It was a superb strike to win it."

Sidwell went close to scoring on a number of occasions and he's confident that once he finds the net he will start bagging them for fun.

He added: "Goals are a bit shy for us at the moment in terms of scoring.

"We're creating plenty of chances but it's just a case of putting them in the back of the net.

"I thought it was going to be there for me against Burnley but it's still that whisker away.

"As long as I'm in a position to score, that's the main thing. I'm sure once I get one, they will start flowing."

By @AVFCOfficial 28th October 2010
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