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Martin O'Neill - 'Pleasant Surprise'

Martin O'Neill - 'Pleasant Surprise'

Martin O'Neill has the teams form is a 'pleasant surprise' as Villa went seven unbeaten yesterday in a 2-0 victory over Charlton Athletic.

'The team has been a pleasant surprise. We are going get beaten. We have an easy game next weekend against Chelsea! But we won't fail through lack of attitude or determination.'

Adding, 'We have won this game, the fans are pleased and we have come through six tests (seven with cup). I am pleased with the way the team is going but we are exceeding expectations. Did I expect to be fourth in the table? Absolutely not. We will find our level. We have got Chelsea next and after the international break we have some really tough games coming up, but I am pleased with the attitude of the team.'

Vital Villa asked on behalf of Saurat who would get the first goal. Amazingly 43% got it right, although as I was at the match, I do suspect some were voting once he had scored!!!

35% predicted Juan Pablo Angel, 7% Stiliyan Petrov and the same for Luke Moore.

That left just 5% saying Bent and 3% saying Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday September 24 2006
Time: 12:15PM


We all knew there was some talent in the team. There had to be with so many internationals amongst them, but with a negative minded manager and zero ambition and a fear of spending his money from the other one, who interfered with managers decisions as well, then the team did not have a chance. Negativity is all pervasive and ambition and positive thoughts are easily driven away. That is why the two that have just left Herbert and the other one were so bad for Villa.
24/09/2006 13:19:00
Just have to say that the move leading to Gabby's goal was fantastic and it all started from Petrov on our own 18 yard line, in seasons gone by it would have been one big hoof up field, but under pressure, he camly looked up and with the outside of the foot chipped it over the Charlton players, and the rest as they say is history - and did anyone say anything on match of the day, did they ****, they didn't even show the pass from Petrov. They would still be creaming thereselves now had it been Chelsea, but I saw it and it was ******** quality
24/09/2006 13:38:00
Match of the day never seem to show much of Aston Villa for some reason but I always watch football first its way better
24/09/2006 15:38:00
Christo or anyone else who watched football first, in the interview with the chosen messiah, it was mentioned about the sponsorship deal of £100,000,000 and I think it was mentioned about it not been enough, but what I really want to know is who was it who let out the huge laugh. apart from that a magnificent display, UTV
24/09/2006 19:06:00
Martin O'Neil was the guy who said it wasn't enough and laughed
24/09/2006 20:39:00
The players have belief in their ability, and the confidence that grows with remaining unbeaten. Two superb final balls to set up the two goals. Barry's cross for the opener, and JPA's through ball for Luke to run on to were sheer quality.
25/09/2006 02:21:00
Cheers Christo but I was on about the laugh from behind the camera, and GS that through ball from JPA was I agree sheer quality, It is nice to see Angel getting back to his best form of three years ago.
25/09/2006 17:35:00
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