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Sunday, 2 April, 2000, 18:45 GMT 19:45 UK
Dublin delighted at penalty performance
Gregory
Gregory takes his side into their first FA Cup final for 43 years
Wembley hero David James ensured that Aston Villa reached their first FA Cup final since 1957, at the expense of Bolton on Sunday

The goalkeeper's two saves from Bolton's Michael Johansen and Allan Johnston was accompanied by well taken efforts from Villa's Steve Stone, Lee Hendrie, Gareth Barry and Dion Dublin.

The Birmingham side now have to wait until next Sunday to see who their opponents will be in May, when Newcastle and Chelsea battle it out in the second Wembley semi-final.
James
Hero James is surrounded by his players and the media
But all eyes were on Villa's victory and James was clearly jubilant after the match.

"It wasn't the best of games and Deano (Holdsworth) could have won it for Bolton near the end," James said.

"It would have been nice to have come back for a replay but I'm obviously happy to have won.

"I looked at his (Johansen's) run-up and guessed the right way. It's fantastic for Villa that we're going to Wembley for the final."

Villa striker Dublin, who took the crucial spot-kick, could have ended up in a wheelchair following a neck injury sustained earlier this season.

The former Coventry star said he was happy with his side's performance and congratulated James for his sterling efforts.

"The job had already been done by David," Dublin said.

"To save two penalties in a semi-final at Wembley, what more could you ask from your goalkeeper. I thought he was brilliant."
Allardyce
Allardyce can't believe his bad luck
An emotional Paul Merson who was rated at 50-50 prior to the game is now looking forward to playing in the final, after what has already been a good season for him.

"I struggled a bit today because of the hamstring, but on May 20 I want to show what I can do," said Merson.

"We are now looking to win the FA Cup and at my age that is very important.

"It was very emotional for me after the game and I thought I might never have another chance of getting to Wembley in a final."

But the former England international also had a words of consolation for Bolton.

"My sympathy goes to Bolton. There is nothing worse than losing in the semi-final and they had good reason to think they might nick it."

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