Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Only A Draw? O'Neill Out!! ;-)

Only A Draw?  O'Neill Out!! ;-)

Martin O'Neill has spoken of the Villa teams performance today after he saw Olof Mellberg become the first player ever to score in a 1-1 draw at the new Arsenal ground, the Emirates Stadium.

O'Neill said 'The players deserved everything they got today. I was delighted for the players. I thought the effort of the team was fantastic. They showed a great deal of character and a result and performance like that can only give the players confidence going into the Reading game.'

'It's hard to single players out after that sort of performance. You could point to the central defenders, right through to Juan Pablo Angel at the other end. They all worked hard and when you look at some of the young lads we have, it was easy to forget just how young they are today. We battled, but when we got it down, we played some good stuff as well.'

Adding: 'Let's not forget, we've just fought hard for a point against a side that finished runners-up in the Champions; League last season. It was backs-to-the-wall at times, but we didn't let our heads drop at any time and, even when Arsenal equalised, the players worked hard for a point. I would have been really disappointed for the players if they had missed out on at least a point, because they worked hard for what they got here.'

O'Neill also mentioned the travelling fans and actually took the players over to them at the end of the game, he said: 'The away support was fantastic. They kept us going, kept us at it.'

You won't get better away support than the travelling claret and blue army, and I'm sure with something to sing about, Villa Park will once again become a noisy fortress that will intimidate opponents.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday August 19 2006
Time: 7:35PM

Comments

0
Who'd have thought it after last years drubbing ! It's nice to hear positive things being said by a Villa manager for a change. I wonder what Randy thought of the performance ?
AVwhite
19/08/2006 20:05:00
0
great match there was only two bad things 1. we were unlucky not to get a better result 2. the match was on setanta sport and the bill payer wouldn't order the channel
Christo
19/08/2006 20:28:00
0
Yes an excellent result. Now can we have G. Barry please.
storagematt
19/08/2006 20:52:00
0
Great result we must carry it on at home against reading
samtozer
19/08/2006 20:54:00
0
went to the match.. great game and atmosphere and i think villa finally showed some passion! o'niell was constantly on the touchline giving instructions and we looked a different team to last year. ok, we were under pressure for a while at the end, but i think we deserved a point at least. bring on chelsea!
fatankles
19/08/2006 21:01:00
0
Yes, a great battling performance. Watched it on santas own sky channel. We did have our backs to the wall a hell of a lot after we scored, but, the difference between last season and this match was we knew how to do it properly. Where were Lenny Henry's runs ?? or even Walcott's, I'll tell you where, we never gave them enough room between our back line and Tommy, so they'll save them for next match. Indeed we still had to do some last ditch defending, but at the end of the day it was done. Well done boys and Marty !!! Up The Villa!!!
ULSTER VILLA
19/08/2006 21:49:00
0
Oh, forgot to mention, AVwhite, we'll not have to wait long to hear what Randy thought, he's probably on the blower to Jonny Fear as I type.
ULSTER VILLA
19/08/2006 21:52:00
0
I though Ridgewell was supurb.
groseyboy
20/08/2006 00:27:00
0
if we can hold out a draw 2 ARSnal then only 1 thing 4 me 2 say n thts F****ING BRING ON READIN.p CUM ON THE VILLA!! WERE GOIN PLACEs NOW LADS< N LACES P
No.1_villan
20/08/2006 01:35:00
0
Yeah, I realised just how many Villans there were in the crowd, and it was good that we scored in the goal that was nearest to them. Agbonlahor is sumthin special too, comin out of his shell this season
AussieVilla
20/08/2006 03:25:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Garde - I Have To Be Backed

With fans already saying few would blame him if Remi Garde downed tools and raised two fingers to the board following their lack of January exploits...

Remi Garde - Back Me Or See The Back Of Me

Remi says he'd be willing to stay at Aston Villa next season if we go down but only if the club give him the resources necessary to come back up.

Garde Talks Up The Defence

Manager Remi Garde has done his normal midweek piece and in this edition he talks about the 'massive solidarity' amongst our back four.

Premier League Rebrands Ready For Villa Departure

The Premier League have today confirmed that they are rebranding from the 2016-17 season and inevitably the Lion goes.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Profile
Mike Field
Profile
Steve Wade
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
Profile
Turkish Penguin
Profile
Glensider
Profile
Chris Heath
Profile
M Calucar
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Norwich MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Bunn5%
Richards1%
Okore11%
Lescott9%
Cissokho0%
Bacuna0%
Gana33%
Westwood1%
Gil7%
Agbonlahor25%
Veretout7%
Sub - Clark1%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 25 11 8 6 41 10
6 West Ham 25 10 9 6 39 9
7 Southampton 25 10 7 8 37 9
8 Everton 25 8 11 6 35 12
9 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
10 Watford 25 9 6 10 33 0
11 Stoke 25 9 6 10 33 -7
12 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 32 -4
13 Chelsea 25 7 9 9 30 -2
14 WBA 25 7 8 10 29 -9
15 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 28 -12
16 Swansea 25 6 9 10 27 -9
17 Newcastle 25 6 6 13 24 -18
18 Norwich 25 6 5 14 23 -20
19 Sunderland 25 5 5 15 20 -19
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Who will be Channel 4's lead presenter?
Latest Vital Boxing News
AUDIO: Hearn: Joshua's next fight will be big
Write for Vital Football

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Feb 14 2016 2:05PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Manchester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 19 2016 5:30PM : Swansea City (a)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Pride of Lions478
2.The Fear271
3.ClivetheVillan240
4.Fulford237
5.JuanPabloAngel168
6.sirdennis163
7.revdpete156
8.DeanoVilla129
9.Wurzel113
10.He'sBiggerThanMe&You89
The Vital Football Members League