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Aston Villa matchwinner Fabian Delph was left pinching himself after booking his side's place in the FA Cup final at the expense of Liverpool.

Villa skipper Delph set up Christian Benteke's equaliser after Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring for the Reds and then rounded off a superb afternoon by sweeping home nine minutes into the second half to secure a 2-1 victory.

Delph's strike means that Tim Sherwood's charges will return to Wembley to face holders Arsenal in next month's showpiece and the former Leeds midfielder says it will be a dream come true.

Mercurial Superfly Red "I can't wait for the final. To walk out as captain is going to be the highlight of my career. So happy days, I'm happy for the boys," he told BT Sport 1.

The 25-year-old England international reserved special praise for Sherwood for the job he has done since taking over in February when the club looked to be in deep trouble in the drop zone.

Big wins over West Brom, Sunderland and Tottenham in the league, as well as the cup run, since then have lifted the mood around Villa Park and Delph feels Sherwood deserves a lot of credit for the remarkable turnaround.

"The gaffer (Sherwood) is brilliant. He's positive with everybody. He doesn't panic. He's got a game plan and we stuck to it and there were a lot of young lads in the team," he said.

"Young Jack (Grealish) has come in today and done fantastic and we're just happy. We're thrilled for the fans."

Delph now feels they can use their cup run as a springboard to secure Barclays Premier League survival and is not worried the final will become a distraction.

"We're confident we'll come through it. We'll put that aside for today and honestly the next game we've got to think about is one in the Premier League," he added.

Sherwood was understandably in bullish mood after the landmark victory in only his 10th match as Villa boss and when asked how much he is enjoying life in the Midlands he replied: "Well it's going all right at the moment.

"We're delighted with that obviously. We were the underdogs today but we believed in there that we could win it and I think we outplayed Liverpool to be honest.

"We kept the ball off them, created lots of chances and they resorted to lumping the ball into our area in the last 10 minutes so you know you are doing something right when they're doing that."

The former Tottenham boss also reserved special praise for 19-year-old winger Jack Grealish.

Nike Mercurial Superfly Soccer Cleats He was a constant threat down the left for Villa and was involved in the build-up play that led to Delph's winning goal.

Mercurial Superfly Black "He could be right up there amongst the best of them. The ball is his friend. He likes to receive it he doesn't look at it, he knows where it is, he shifts it, he's got a turn of foot, takes a lot of knocks, but he can take it. He's a big lad," Sherwood said.

"He's Aston Villa through and through. He lives a couple of miles from the ground, he just wants to play for the club and I want to give him the platform to do that because he's earned the right."

Brendan Rodgers admitted Liverpool had been beaten by a better side on the day.

"We're obviously bitterly disappointed but more with the performance," Rodgers said.

"You can always lose a game but you need to play well and give yourself an opportunity.

"We had some chances but I thought they were better than us today to be honest.

"Sometimes you can want to win too much. The focus comes away from what allows you to win.

"The team in the last couple of years have shown great energy, attitude and commitment - I thought our energy was low today.

"Villa had a good start to the game and we were too passive.

"We changed the system, got some joy and got in front but we didn't keep the lead long enough.

"In the second half we hoped to play better but we just didn't create enough today."

Mercurial Superfly CR7 The defeat means there will be no fairytale ending to Steven Gerrard's Liverpool career.

The FA Cup final, which comes on Gerrard's 35th birthday, would have been the midfielder's last game in a Reds shirt before he leaves for America and LA Galaxy in the summer.

"Is it a shame? Absolutely," Rodgers said.

"He did everything he possibly could to help the team. I thought he was excellent today. Collectively we didn't perform well enough."

Liverpool have struggled to produce their best form in big matches this season, losing important league games to Arsenal and Manchester United in recent weeks, as well as failing to deliver in the Champions League earlier in the campaign.

"We need to have the courage now to play better in the big games because we didn't play well enough today," Rodgers said.

"Technically we weren't quite on it. We looked like the occasion got to us a little bit."

Rodgers added: "The players have that courage, you've just got to be consistent with it.

"That ability to build a game from behind and deal with the pressure, it's important."


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