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O'Neill - Barry Was Terrific

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.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 24 2006

Time: 1:38PM

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Hmmmm I wonder what DO'H ( David O' Heary would of said. it proberly would be something just over negative
Christo
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24/08/2006 13:50:00

Barry will thrive and play for England by the end of the Season. This is his team, we are on our way to greatness with our new captain, Olof also seems in more command with out the responsability.
NY Villa
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24/08/2006 14:45:00

MO'N was still cagey when asked about Barry's future last night, but the fact he has been given the captaincy and he is clearly loving his football at the moment indicates to me he is staying at Villa Park.
Saurat
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24/08/2006 15:24:00

Odreary would have been watching (listening for the resuly) I bet he is dreading the villa finishing anywhere near the top of the table. As for Barry its not just him, he scored because someone else crossed the ball. Crossing the ball was never an option last season, Barry will stay at Villa and become one of the Villa Allstars ***** BARRY***** ****************
col8
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24/08/2006 15:45:00

Why is there still a question over Barry staying? If Barry doesn't want to commit to Villa then sod him. Barry is a good player but we are a great club.
ooahPaulMcGrath
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24/08/2006 16:56:00

We need Barry to stay who else will pose in the kits and clothes available from the club shop??????
sk1nner80
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24/08/2006 17:14:00

I dont see Barry being linked with any club that we cant finish above this season.
andrew144
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24/08/2006 18:22:00

Agree 100% with the article heading. Lead by example. Losing him would be a tremendous blow, replacing him, very difficult.
glensider
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24/08/2006 18:53:00

FEEL SORRY FOR U LOT U GOTTA FACE MARTINS QUICKEST PLAYER IN PREM LEAG 100 METRES IN UNDER 11 SECS AND A PRITTY IMPRESSIVE GOALSCORIN RECORD TO GO WIT THAT HE'S GONNA RUN PAST UR DEFENDERS AS IF THEY WERE JUST STANDIN THEIR LOL. FEEL SORRY FOR YA AND JUST CAUSE O NEIL HAS 1 HIS 1ST MATCH DOD'T GET TO EXCITED JUST YET CAUSE THE TOON ARE UP NEXT
geordie boys
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24/08/2006 19:04:00

ahaha. oh yeh were sooo scared of martins. ur defense is dire. we'll have hit 3 past u by the time martins scores. newcastle = smalltime
groseyboy
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24/08/2006 19:10:00

Oi geordie boys, third button down on the left hand side of the keyboard. Press it. See, you can write in little letters like us.
Donzarra
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24/08/2006 19:31:00

If Martins is such a great player why hasnt he gone to a team in the champions league??
andrew144
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24/08/2006 21:34:00

Hus guna get in a fight this time at Newcastle?
Villa1982
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24/08/2006 22:10:00

Another over priced under achiever, like Luque, Asprilla, Mirandinho, oh and is he another midget to play up front with Owen and Duff ? Oh sorry I forgot Ameobi! Won nothing for 50 years go away quietly
fatloser
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24/08/2006 22:13:00

oh god Martins oh god I think am gonna poo my underwear I better go put some newcastle underwear on
Christo
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24/08/2006 23:08:00

Donzarra be gentle with them, the little letters are too close to joined up writing, and if Martins is that good Chelsea would have him by now. Sunday and the geordie boys won't be singing anymore. UP THE VILLA
steff_the_villan
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25/08/2006 09:52:00

I'm sure I read somewhere that Gabby has also run the 100m in under 11 seconds, so we're even! As for Barry he's looking good this season.... hope he can push on like Lampard now he has the added responsibilty.
DeanoVilla
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25/08/2006 10:23:00

does'nt matter how fast he is, its what he can do with a ball at his feet that counts. even with a national hero, the goal machine that was shearer, you still didnt win jack. its gonna be a long drive home for you guys. you were sleep inducing in europe last week, are your intentions to bore us into submission? the most entertaining thing you guys have done ever (other than having a punch-up) was watching Keegan weep like a little Bi@~h live on TV !
bobbyfett
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25/08/2006 10:38:00

IF UR SUCH A BIG TEAM Y AIN'T U IN UEFA CUP THEN LOL
geordie boys
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25/08/2006 10:48:00

U LOT THINK YA BIG NA WIT YA LITTLE TAKE OVER WHO'S GONNA WANT TO JOIN THAT BUNCH OF WHANNA BEES WE'LL BEAT YA LIKE WE DID LAST SEASON EASY 2-1 VICTORY FOR THE TOON AND WHERE DID U FINISH EXACTLY U CAN SPREAD ALL INSULTS YA WANT BUT YA NO THE FACTS WE'VE BIN IN CHAMPS LEAG,UEFA CUP WHERE AV U BEEN ALL THIS TIME IN TOILET LOL AND DO U REALLY THINK MILNER WOULD WHANNA GO BCK THEIR NOW AND PLAYER WITH 2ND RATE PLAYERS WHEN HE CAN PLAY WIT DUFF MARTINS PARKER EMRE GIVEN SOLANO N ZOGBIA U LOT CAN KEEP DREAMIN CAUSE ALL U CAN PLAY 4 THIS IS FIGHTIN RELERGATION LIKE LAST SEASON AND U SAY IF CHELSEA WOULD AV WANTED HIM THEY WOULD AV LOL PLZ THEY DID'T EVEN NEED HIM CAUSE THEIR STRIKE FORCE IS FULL U WATCH OBAGOAL TAKE YA 2 BITS ON SUNDAY NOW THE QUICKEST PLAYER IN PREM LEAG U THIHNK IM LIEING WAIT TILL SUNDAY FIND OUT 4 YA SELFS PLUS OWEN 2 COME BACK CHAMPS LEAG IS ON THE HORIZON WHILE THE CHAMPIONSHIP IS BECKININ 4 U LOT LOL
geordie boys
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25/08/2006 10:57:00

firstly, press 'F7' and it does a spell check, or buy a dictionary and learn to spell. secondly, yes, lst year was a bad season, we'll be where you are this time next year, you however, wont be there. i'd like to chat to you about winning europes biggest competition, but you wouldn't know what i was talking about as you've never won it. thirdly, you missed the eternally talented Boumsong off your list of players. what with boro beating chelsea and keane going to sunderland, your soon to be the 3rd team up there.......
bobbyfett
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25/08/2006 11:13:00

LOL OK IF YA SAY SO
geordie boys
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25/08/2006 13:09:00

WE'LL SEE WHERE U ARE COME END OF SEASON THEN WE'LL LAUGH AT YA LOL
geordie boys
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25/08/2006 13:10:00

Don't make the mistake of looking below you in the league, it will only confuse you, I'll give you a clue, look up, yes thats it, no, further up, there you go, one day, maybe, you too will have a team destined for greatness
steff_the_villan
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25/08/2006 13:22:00

Just want to say that Martin O'Niell is fantastic. What took you guys so long to boot O'Leary?
jogabonito
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25/08/2006 16:40:00

Why is it that everyone that heralds from Newcastle is such a dick?
Steve64k
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25/08/2006 21:45:00

 

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