Stewart Downing hoping for third time lucky with Liverpool

Stewart Downing hopes Liverpool's trip to Wembley for Carling Cup final will be more fruitful than his first two involvements

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Stewart Downing is hoping his third League Cup final appearance will end in glory when Liverpool play Cardiff City at Wembley later this month.

The 27-year-old was an unused substitute Middlesbrough during their defeat of Bolton Wanderers in 2004, and six years later was part of the Aston Villa side which lost 2-1 to Manchester United.

Downing, signed by Kenny Dalglish for £20m in the summer, has featured three times in Liverpool’s run to the final, including both legs of the Reds’ semi-final victory over Manchester City.

“The first one I was an unused sub for Middlesbrough. I would have liked to have played but I was still involved,” Downing told Liverpool’s website.

“The second one for Villa against United – a few things didn’t go our way. Nemanja Vidic could have been sent off early on, they had a penalty and took the lead.

“We were a little bit unlucky on the day. It would have been nice to finish with a medal but it wasn’t to be. Hopefully this time around I’ll get one.

“You work hard to get there with the trips away to Exeter and Brighton – they stick in your mind. They were hard games so it’d be nice to finish the job off at Wembley.”

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