Jones: Pre Villa

Last updated : 23 September 2009 By Michael Morris

Jones has vowed to change his side after the Q.P.R. disaster.

"I was always going to change the side around regardless of the outcome against Queens Park Rangers," said Jones.

"I need to keep the whole squad happy and match-fit, but I also want a side that can have a go at Villa.

"I take the competition very seriously. It gives players the opportunity to impress and force their way into the side, and, hopefully, it will give me something to think about ahead of the Wednesday game."

Though Jones will mix and match his side for the Carling Cup tie, he is still fuming about the overall team performance against QPR.

He said: "I just can't believe we just stopped working and passing the ball.

"It is unusual for us not to pass the ball well, that is one of our strengths.

"But we couldn't pass water on Saturday, even the QPR staff couldn't believe what they were watching!

Looking ahead to tonight's game Jones vowed to put on a show for the 3700 travelling City fans.

"We are the underdogs at Villa and the players must go and give their all. We've got a big following going and we want to put on a show for our fans. I don't relish being underdogs - we'd rather be top dogs - but we're playing a top six Premier side and it will be a tough battle. We will have to be at our best to get anything out of it.

"Villa are a massive club with fantastic support. I've never understood the philosophy about putting out weakened teams in Cup competitions. I put out a team to get a result and Martin O'Neill will do the same."

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