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Martin O'Neill On 'Sparkling' Villa

Martin O'Neill saw Villa go seven games undefeated (six in the Prem) in a 2-0 win over Charlton today. The season couldn't have started any differently than it did last season when we made our worst start in three decades, just shows what a great manager can do (remembering, apart from Petrov, this is the same team as last year!).

He told the official site after the 3rd win on a trot at Villa Park: 'I thought we played some sparkling stuff at times and fully deserved the three points....After a hesitant start, I thought we played some good football, especially in the second-half. We didn't make the best of starts. I thought it was a bit like the Reading game, where we just took a while to get started. But we gradually got going and started to create chances.'

'The first goal settled us and after that I thought we played some sparkling stuff. The second goal came just as we needed it, because Charlton didn't give up. I was delighted for Gabby to get his goal. He's been doing very well for us recently and should probably have had a couple of goals on Wednesday at Scunthorpe. He did well again today and I thought he took his goal well. It was a terrific finish and just settled the nerves a wee bit. The second goal was a terrific move and Luke finished it well.'

Adding: 'Another bonus is that we kept another clean-sheet. We had a few problems early on, losing a lot of headers and we had to withstand a bit of pressure. Thomas Sorensen made a couple of important saves and deep down I'm pleased with the efforts from everyone.'

Amazing that they now play as a unit and all look 110% committed and up for it. Happy days!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 23 2006

Time: 8:01PM

Your Comments

Great news but any chance of a match report please Mr Fear?
Villain Of The North
What a difference a new manager and a change of owner makes, improved tactics and players wanting to play for the club and not suggesting the owner has no ambition is a pleasant change from two months ago.
DoogieTyBrenin
ASTON VILLA= NOTHING NEGATIVE TO SAY COULD GET USED TO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UP THE VILLA........
hampshire villian
Three home wins on the trot. Its been some time since that has happened. Good performance, entertaining game.
glensider
THE SUN....Classy, killer breakaways finished with the sort of precision that has always been more of a trademark at Arsenal, Manchester United or Chelsea. And yes they are talking about the Villa, how long since we have had that sort of write up, hampshire villian I am getting used to this, can not remember the last time I felt this confident about our beloved team, Chelsea think they have the chosen one, I would beg to differ. UP THE VILLA
steff_the_villan
 

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