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McParland Thinks Villa Can Win League Cup

Former Aston Villa great Peter McParland believes that Aston Villa can win the League Cup and climb up the Premier League table.

McParland, 81, spent 10 years at the club between 1952-1962 and played 293 games, scoring 98 goals. The former striker is confident that Villa has what it takes to win the League Cup.

McParland spoke to Villa’s website ahead of Wednesday’s fixture against Southampton in the League Cup. McParland scored the winner in the first ever League Cup final back in 1961 when Villa beat Rotherham 3-2 on aggregate.

“Obviously people remember me for the FA Cup of 1957 – but I have really fond memories of winning the League Cup with Villa in 1961 too,” McParland told avfc.co.uk.

“It was the inaugural playing of that competition – and interestingly we had the final, over two legs, in the opening weeks of the following season because of a fixture pile-up.

“To score important goals in the FA Cup was fantastic and it was a great feeling in the League Cup too.

“We had a great team spirit, a superb cup run and to get our hands on the trophy was a fabulous feeling.

“Hopefully the boys can follow in our footsteps this season.

“Obviously it’s not been going well in the league so far – but a good cup run can really galvanise you in other competitions.

“In terms of this game against Southampton, I think it will be really tight but I fancy Villa to snatch it, perhaps even after extra-time or penalties.

“It’s a great chance for us to get into the final eight and, from there, it’s anyone’s in terms of winning the competition.”

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