Midlands latest: Villa star confident of upset; Stoke ace desperate to play

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We bring you the latest news from Aston Villa, Stoke City, Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Westwood confident of upset

Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood believes that his side can cause an upset when they travel to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea at the weekend. 

Villa lost 2-1 to the Blues last year, but put up a valiant effort and Westwood believes that they can take heart from that performance. 

"If we play like we did last year at Stamford Bridge, going there and unsettling them and taking them away from their game, then we can hit them with Gabby and the other quick players we have up front," Westwood said to the club's official site.

Pearson takes the modest approach

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has refused to accept all the plaudits coming his way, and believes that his backroom staff are equally as important. 

“You know how much I value the staff I work with, I don’t see it being anything other than a team effort," he said to the Foxes' official site.

Irvine: win gets momentum going

Alan Irvine says that West Bromwich Albion's win against Hull City can provide the club with some momentum.

The Baggies have made a slow start to their league campaign, but Irvine believes the 3-2 cup success will help them. 

"This keeps a bit of momentum going and the feel-good factor within the club as well," he told the Lichfield Mercury.

"But we’re not getting ahead of ourselves. We are a long way from there yet. It was just nice to get what I consider were our just rewards from this game.”

Wolves duo to remain sidelines

Michael Jacobs and Tommy Rowe will both not be part of Wolverhampton Wanderers' starting line-up when they take on Reading at the weekend, according the Birmingham Mail.

Neither of the pair have played as much as they would have hoped to so far this season, but it seems they will have to continue being patient. 

Muniesa desperate

Marc Muniesa says that he is desperate to play for Stoke City. 

The Spanish defender has been regularly used as back-up since moving to the Britannia Stadium, but he is hoping his two-goals in midweek against Sunderland will force him into starting contention. 

"I'm desperate to play," he said to the Sentinel.

"I always train looking to play every weekend, but I know I have to take my opportunities when I get them in the Capital One Cup or if I come on in the final few minutes as a substitute.


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