Delfouneso hopeful of semi role

The 19-year-old has created a favourable impression during his few

first-team outings this season and did well as a substitute when

Villa were hammered 7-1 at Stamford Bridge 11 days ago. Delfouneso,

who scored twice for Villa in the Europa League last season, said:

“It would be a great achievement for me to be involved and to get

on the pitch as well. “Even though I didn’t get on for the Carling

Cup final, it was still a great experience for me just to be

involved with the squad, to be on the bench and part of the

warm-up. “To play some part this weekend against Chelsea would be

something of a stepping stone for me in my career.” Delfouneso has

also struck twice in Villa’s run to the last four of the FA Cup

this season – against Blackburn and Brighton. And he spelt out the

determination in the Villa squad to avoid a repeat of the mauling

by Chelsea in their last meeting. Delfouneso said: “That sort of

result is something you really want to try and forget about –

although you never forget it really and you are always going to

hear about it. “It just might give us a bit more incentive to go

out there on Saturday and put things right. “But on Saturday we

will go out with a clean slate, to play the game, to go for it, and

to try and reach a second final of the season.”