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HOLTE End hero Ian Taylor hopes Villa's lucky break at Crystal Palace is a hint their name could be on this season's FA Cup.

Martin O'Neill's men clinched a dramatic 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park on Sunday but their late leveller was surrounded by controversy. Assistant referee Trevor Massey awarded Villa a corner instead of giving Palace a goal kick.

The linesman ruled the ball had come off Eagles goalkeeper Julian Speroni when replays showed it touched Villa's Nathan Delfouneso.

And Taylor believes the mistake which led to Stiliyan Petrov heading in Stewart Downing's corner could be a good omen for his former club.

"Petrov doesn't score many with his head," said Taylor.

"He made that near-post run and got the flick, even though we've seen on TV that it shouldn't have been a corner.

"But you need that luck sometimes if you're going to get to cup finals. When things like that happen you do start to think 'could this be our year'? "It's a split second and I think with referees and linesmen you just want someone to be positive and I think one was waiting for the other really and they gave a corner.

''Usually if there's any doubt they give a free kick so I'm not sure why he gave the corner but it's kept Villa in the cup and hopefully it will be a good omen."

Taylor, a 1996 League Cup winner and 2000 FA Cup runner-up with Villa, believes O'Neill's men deserve credit for fighting back on Sunday.

"They're always going to be difficult games especially away from home and when you go behind to a screamer like they did you can't legislate for that," he added.

"One thing you can't say about the lads is that they give up. They keep going until the end and that's what they did."

Carling is offering Villa fans the chance to create their own personalised League Cup final banners which will be displayed on digital perimeter boards at Wembley.

To submit your own design www.carling.com/carlingcup/final

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