Gaffers View: Villa home CC 2-1.
West Ham were the team destined to take on the winners of the Second City derby and Nikola Zigic booked that place with a late goal that sent Blues fans wild.
McLeish said:'We earned the right to be in the semi-finals and I'm really proud of the players. It was a fantastic effort by them and I felt we deserved it.
'We finally got our reward in the second half when they were probably the better side in terms of possession but never really hurt us. I felt really pleased for them, really delighted.
'They've met a lot of challenges this team over the past year-and-a-half. This was another one and they've risen to it.'
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