Collins out for vengeance
James Collins has spoken of his desire to take revenge on Chelsea in their FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.
By Mike Barton
Last Updated: 10/04/10 12:52pm
Aston Villa defender James Collins has spoken of his desire to take revenge on Chelsea in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.
The Welsh international was at the heart of a Villa defence that were beaten by a humiliating 7-1 scoreline to the Blues at Stamford Bridge last month.
It was a crushing blow to Champions League chasing Villa, who were embarrassed by a Chelsea side that were beaten at Villa Park 2-1 in October in the reverse league fixture.
And Collins was adamant that his side's determination to avoid another such score-line and avenge their 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in the Carling Cup final is driving them on to succeed.
"We'll be looking to take revenge now," he said.
"The 7-1 was a low point in most of the lads' careers but the cup final still hurts deep down. The pain is the same for both,"
"Wanting to participate in the FA Cup final is as big as incentive as anything, not worrying about whether you're getting revenge.
"Chelsea stand in our way and they're a very, very fine side, but we're capable of winning - and that's not bravado.
The 26-year-old has been a mainstay in a defence that, up until their crushing defeat at Stamford Bridge, had conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League.
And Collins was critical of the comments from Chelsea centre back John Terry, who accused Villa of tiring during games too quickly.
"We thought it was quite a strange comment," added Collins.
"We're as fit as most team in the league and we certainly feel we are going into the last half of games. Comments like that always give you motivation to prove people wrong."
If Villa are to progress, Collins, and possibly Richard Dunne should he pass a fitness test, will have to be on top form to stop Chelsea hitmen Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.
"Anelka's contribution to the 7-1 game was probably more than anyone's even though he didn't score," he said.
"His movement, touch and pace is fantastic whereas Drogba obviously has the lot. He's big and strong and can threaten you in behind."