Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert today revealed he is dreaming of Wembley glory after their Capital One Cup stroll against Rotherham.
The claret and blues’ 3-0 cruise against the Millers’ last night landed them a third-round home clash with Tottenham.
But Walsall went out despite a brave display in a 3-1 defeat at Premier League Stoke.
Andi Weimann, Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph sealed a comfortable Villa victory despite lively Rotherham’s early efforts.
They last lifted the League Cup in 1996 and were beaten finalists in 2010 before January’s semi-final loss to Bradford. And after going so close last season, Lambert admitted he thinks about leading his side to success.
He said: “If we got to a final it would be great, because you saw the semi-final last year and what it meant to people. The club has won the European Cup and there’s pressure at the club because it’s won major titles and won the league. It’s won everything. The fans are used to winning.”
After Weimann’s 19th-minute opener Villa took control and booked a tie against Spurs in the next round.
Walsall boss Dean Smith hailed his team’s fighting spirit after their cup exit at the Britannia Stadium.
A Kenwyne Jones hat-trick put the Premier League hosts through.
Two goals from the Trinidadian had given Stoke a 2-0 half-time lead. But a superb Ashley Hemmings strike from a fine team move brought the Saddlers roaring back and they looked like forcing a leveller before Jones sealed it with No.3 seven minutes from time.
“Our second-half performance was outstanding,” said Smith.
“We played some good football; we were the main aggressors.
“We told the players at half-time to be more positive and they were.”
Other results: Accrington 0 Cardiff 2; Everton 2 Stevenage 1 (AET); Morecambe 0 Newcastle 2; Forest 2 Millwall 1; Watford 2 Bournemouth 0.
Third Round draw: Man United v Liverpool; Sunderland v Peterboro’; West Ham v Cardiff; Man City v Wigan; Burnley v Forest; Newcastle v Leeds; Southampton v Bristol C; ALBION v Arsenal; Swindon v Chelsea; Tranmere v Stoke; Watford v Norwich; Villa v Tottenham; Hull v Huddersfield; Leicester v Derby; BLUES v Swansea; Fulham v Everton. Ties to be played September 24-25.