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Martin O'Neill On Watford Result

Martin O'Neill told the press after the Watford match 'That was a tough, tough game.'
Villa drew 0-0 with the Hornets and both keepers, Ben Foster and Thomas Sorenson, had much to do with the score.

O'Neill said: 'It was a tough, tough game today and that's what we expected. Watford are very direct and this will be a tough place for people to come. They can be very physical - all well within the laws of the game - and they put us under real pressure as the game wore on. I felt we would be OK if we could get a goal in front and we might have done just that in the first-half. But the goal wouldn't come.'

'The keeper (Foster) played well for them in the first-half, just as Thomas Sorensen played well for us after the break. We did have to withstand pressure in the second-half, but the fans helped us through a sticky period and we got a point out of the game. The great thing is that we're still unbeaten. There are things we can work on and we've got another busy week coming up.'

He also told PremPlus after the match 'I would have liked to have gone in front but it wasn't to be and I knew we were going to be under severe pressure in the second half. We are probably pleased to have got something out of the game. It's a bit frustrating because on Sunday we were coming away frustrated because we hadn't won at West Ham. But overall I'm exceptionally pleased with the team. They're putting absolutely everything into the game. They've got a bit of determination, a wee bit of skill too. With a good finish we might be in a better position, but we're doing fine.'

He also said there was nothing wrong with how Watford played the physical, long ball game saying they were within the rules to do so!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 17 2006

Time: 2:24PM

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physical my arse, I have never seen so much shirt pulling in one game. playing championship football in the premership will see them go straight back down
eltoro
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17/09/2006 17:36:00

A very fair assessment of the game by MON. We should have won, we could have lost. Was it a point won, or two exra points lost? No doubt we'll find out as the season develops and progresses. Got to start taking our chances though.
glensider
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18/09/2006 02:18:00

I get the impression that this was the sort of game we wouldve lost in seasons gone by, and so i suppose a point represents some sort of improvement. Although Sorensen got the headlines, for me Laursen was man of the match by a mile, the way he handled some of his defensive duties really did remind me of McGrath in a his hayday.
andrew144
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18/09/2006 09:40:00

A144 I think it was a ***** up between Laursen and Sorensen for man of the match, but Laursen just edged it for me, early days to compare him to God, and if it would have been anyone else, you may have caused great offence amongst the faithful, but he deserved the comparison with such a performance, may he too reach legendary status. Overall I believe we had that game in the bag and let it slip due to poor finishing, and I may be biased but I think the ref was too, good battling performance, excellent defending, the boys up front just need to settle down and believe in themselves a bit more, they have the ability, just calm down a bit, the goals will come. UTV
steff_the_villan
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18/09/2006 11:19:00

for some reason the term ***** up has been starred, is that not permissable Mr Fear????? but people may see the five stars and think that there are five missing letters instead of the four in t o s s. UTV
steff_the_villan
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18/09/2006 12:55:00

No disgrace to gain a point against the 'new' Bolton!
sandgroanun
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18/09/2006 16:09:00

 

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