Martin O'Neill has said 'Gareth Barry was terrific' after last nights performance against Reading and has re-stated that it is 'really important' that the 25-year-old midfielder stays at Villa.
O'Neill said: 'Gareth Barry was terrific. He played really well and scored a fantastic goal to win it for us.We want to keep him and we are in the throes of doing something about it. I want him to stay. It is really important to us. He is a popular lad and we want to keep him. I don't want to pre-empt anything but I definitely want him to stay at Villa.'
And on the match, O'Neill admitted Villa started 'slowly in the game and that was not the plan.'
Adding: 'We got ourselves a goal down and got into a bit of a tizz. But we got an equaliser from the penalty spot before the interval which was psychologically a bit boost. A great goal won the game for us but even then we couldn't finish it off and have plenty to do but I was delighted with the win and the response from the fans and the players.'
Manager Tim Sherwood has spoken of his disappointment - and shouldered the blame - for today's one nil loss to Stoke City.
All the stats from Aston Villa (0) vs (1) Stoke, Villa Park, 3/10/15 Att: 33,189
Statistics, damn lies and Aston Villa..
Bit of a mix and match today from manager Tim Sherwood's pre Stoke press conference.
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