Goalkeeper Paul Robinson was the Blackburn Rovers penalty shoot-out hero in their Carling Cup quarter-final against Chelsea - and the England stopper would be happy to go through the nerve-jangling drama all over again to help his team triumph in Wednesday evening's second leg of the semi-final against Aston Villa.

Rovers head into the encounter at Villa Park, where earlier this month they lost 3-1 in Round Three of the FA Cup, as the underdogs after James Milner's 23rd minute goal in the first leg at Ewood Park means that Villa are 1-0 ahead with 90 minutes to play - 90 minutes, that is, unless the game goes to extra time and maybe even penalties.

And Robinson, who was Rovers' star man in the first leg, said: "I would be pleased if the game went to penalties - for a start it would mean we'd scored and got ourselves back into the game. Plus, penalties are a bit of a win-win situation for goalkeepers - nobody expects you to save them, so you don't get blamed if you lose."

Not that the 30-year-old keeper, a Carling Cup winner with his previous club Tottenham Hotspur in 2008, has any intention of ending up on the losing side as Rovers look to reach Wembley and repeat their victory in the competition's 2002 Final, in which they beat Spurs 2-1 at the Millennium Stadium.

Villa may be a goal ahead in the 2010 semi-final, but it's the most slender of advantages to take into the second leg and Robinson said: "I don't think Villa can go gung-ho when one goal puts us back into the game. On the other hand though, we can't throw the kitchen sink at them either because they are very quick on the break.

"In the first leg I thought we were unlucky. We played poorly in the first half, but in the second half we had chances to take something from the game. But we've shown there's nothing to be afraid of and we know that if we get a goal the game changes. We've got a game plan, we've worked hard on it - and hopefully we'll get through."

The second leg could see the return to the Rovers line-up of El-Hadji Diouf, who has completed his suspension for the red card he received at Villa Park in the FA Cup tie, while David Dunn and Morten Gamst Pedersen - who both missed Sunday's 2-0 Premier League win against Fulham - are also available for selection.

Robinson's opposite number in the Villa goal is likely to be spot-kick saving specialist Brad Guzan, who has been used rather than his fellow American Brad Friedel in every Carling Cup round to date. Striker John Carew is unlikely to play, however, after sustaining a knee injury in training.

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