Date: 25th August 2010 at 4:31pm
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Ashley Young is desperate to erase the nightmares of last seasons aggregate loss to Rapid Vienna, and help see Villa through comfortably this time round.

Speaking about his memories of 12 months ago on the Official Site certain events within the match still stick in his throat.

Drawing 2-2 on aggregate leaving Villa to go out on the away goals count left a sour taste in the mouth for those in the squad, but Ashley especially as he won two first half penalties but saw his own saved.

‘I remember the penalty miss and obviously we got two goals and it felt like we turned the tie around completely. But they scored late on and it deflated us and eventually knocked us out.’

Although not playing a part in the first leg, Ash believes we are more than capable of putting the knife into Rapid on home soil and winning the match convincingly.

‘The away goal we clocked up in Vienna is vitally important, and thoroughly deserved. They were brilliant out there and it is down to whoever plays on Thursday to do the job. I’ve every belief we will get them back at our place and we’ll do the job and get the result that we need.’

Whilst preferring obviously to play, Ash has few qualms if Kevin MacDonald chooses to play the youngsters again.

‘I was delighted with how they have done and ever since Kev has come in and given them a chance, they have been brilliant. Fingers crossed they can keep getting their chance. There is always competition for places and it is fantastic to see that.’

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