Pitch will be no excuse - Barry

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Gareth Barry insists Aston Villa cannot blame CSKA Moscow's plastic pitch if they crash out of the UEFA Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday.

Barry was part of the England side beaten 2-1 by Russia in the same stadium in October 2007, a result which played a major part in Steve McClaren's side failing to reach Euro 2008.

Barry is aware the artificial surface can pose problems but is confident Villa can still progress after a 1-1 draw in the first leg, saying: "It is different but we'll have a day's training beforehand and we'll get used to it. It can't be used as an excuse."

He added: "It is quite a difficult surface because you're just not used to playing on it.

"The ball does bounce slightly differently but not enough to be used as an excuse. It rolls pretty straight. It doesn't move and you get used to it pretty quickly to be honest.

"You've got to try and be experienced and not worry about it at all. You've just got to play your normal game."

Barry is confident Villa's ability to win on their travels - they have won their last seven Barclays Premier League away games - means they can pull off a positive result.

He said: "We felt we should have won the first game and we know we've got to score in the second leg because of the away rules goal.

"But we will fancy our chances because it might be set up a bit better for us to play our counter-attacking game away from home.

"They sat back in the game at our place so hopefully it will suit us a bit more over there."

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