Date: 27th August 2008 at 10:23am
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Martin O’Neill has spoken ahead of this Thursday’s UEFA Cup qualifier against FH Hafnarfjordur which is surely, as we are 4-1 up, a formality. A win will put Villa into the first round draw which takes place on Friday at 1pm.

The Villa boss told the official site that he truly believes Villa can be ‘contenders’ in the competition, however he also warns that Villa have to stay focussed on the league as well.



He said: ‘I want us to be involved and if we go out it will be a big disappointment but the whole idea here is eventually to build a squad so we are capable of making a challenge and sustaining it. I think we are contenders, I think we would be that, but we wouldn’t have any guarantees. Look at Tottenham – they won the League Cup last season but their league form suffered through it and you would have never imagined it with the team they had.’

Adding, ‘So we are capable of contending, but whether we are good enough is another issue. That’s something you look at but the only way to be able to cope with that is to have the squad.’

So some more arrivals this week please Mr O’Neill, it is the only way we can be serious contenders and also look to compete in the league and cup competitions.