Tim Sherwood is targeting a first trophy for Aston Villa since 1996 despite accepting that his team will be the underdogs against Arsenal.
Villa will face Arsène Wenger’s FA Cup holders in a second trip to Wembley next month and Sherwood is convinced that his club can deliver another shock in the final at the national stadium.
“It’s a great occasion for the football club,” the Villa manager said.
Sherwood admitted that Liverpool were “bamboozled” by his team’s tactics, with Fabian Delph’s winner sparking off wild celebrations, after five successive seasons of the club battling relegation.
Villa remain in danger of dropping into the Championship and while Sherwood insisted that the league is the priority, he is determined to deliver some silverware.
“We’ll be the underdogs, the pressure is on Arsenal, they’re the holders and they’ll want to win it again,” Sherwood said.
“We realise we’ve got a lot of hard work between now and then to secure our safety and then come back here and take the game to Arsenal. But we have to get a plan ready, we think we can cause them problems.
“Every time we play we take the game to the opposition. I think we carry our own threats and today was no exception. It’s on the back burner now, it’s important we get some points to preserve our Premier League status next season.”