Thome Warns Of Villa Backlash

Last updated : 27 January 2004 By Mark Heys

Bolton Wanderers defender Emerson Thome has said that he expects Aston Villa to come out all guns blazing in tonight's Carling Cup Semi Final tie but is confident enough that the Wanderers will book their place in the final.

The former Chelsea defender has played a key part in the Trotters Cup exploits this season and says that the Midlands side will be aiming to put things right in the second leg at Villa Park.

"Villa will try and pay us back for the first leg. We know that. It's not nice when you get beat heavily. I felt that way at Manchester City (Wanderers lost 6-2 earlier in the season). It's not a case of feeling sorry, you just feel so disappointed with yourself." Thome told the Bolton Evening News

The big Brazilian says that despite the expected fightback Wanderers should feel confident about going through to Cardiff but has warned about any possible complacency which could set in. Thome says the side need to keep maximum concentration and focus on the job in hand.

"We should be confident tonight because half time has gone already and the tie is in our favour, but the job is not done yet. We didn't expect to score three goals in the first 20 minutes last week but we did, which shows that anything can happen"

"We will show Villa more respect than we have shown any team in the competition so far. We just have to make sure we concentrate and we are focused."