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Villa - Job Done v Blackburn Rovers

Martin O'Neill declared after the 2-0 canter against a disappointing Blackburn Rovers: 'We got the job done.'

A penalty from Gareth Barry and a goal Juan Pablo Angel in front of a disappointing 30 000 crowd saw Villa win with ease against Mark Hughes hit and hope team.

O'Neill reflected: 'We got the job done today and that's all that mattered. It was nice to get back to winning ways, because we hadn't won in the league for a little while. It wasn't a classic and we'll certainly play better, but I don't think anyone can say we didn't deserve the three points. I've not seen the penalty decision again, but I was delighted for Gareth to put it away.'

'Getting the penalty was one thing, but after recent events, there was no guarantee we'd score it. The second goal came at a good time and just settled things down for us. Juan Pablo did well.'

Adding, on the official site: 'I thought Chris again showed what he can bring to the team. He was a little sore at the end, but he worked very hard for the cause. Martin Laursen was given the sponsors' Man of the Match award and he did very well. He stepped in at the last minute and once again he didn't let us down.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 5 2006

Time: 5:59PM

Your Comments

Blackburn were poor today for sure but the tag they are labeled with is an unfair one and one that people wouldn't have if they watched Rovers play more, rather than just go on a reputation of years gone by. We are more than just a "hit and hope" side!
Hughes Da Man
today was awful so to be fair that is all I can judge them by, they were over physical, wanted our players shirts more than some of our players wanted as they kept trying to tug them off and didn't seem to be able to pass the ball about. Good on you for a) coming on here after a defeat b) sticking up for your club though, I'd be doing the same, and as you watch them week in and week out, I'll take your word for what they usually do. Today they looked like a team bang in trouble as they had no invention.
The Fear
6th place hoo rah bring on Chelsea
Christo
I'm sure we're all disapointed with a 30,000 crowd, but it will take a while to get every one back in the mould, a few good signings from mon should see the fans return. And the players are doing there part {well done lads} so lets be patient and I'm sure they will all come back. GO THE VILLA
eltoro
Martin Laursen best player easily.
chris the villan
will Barry get the call up he deserves for the friendly in Holland? if he doesn't get in this squad he never will.
dazza71
Laursen was excellent. A very soft penalty, it has to be said. Thought Sutton would have to be stretchered off at the end, he was so knackered! Poor crowd, probably because of the switch to Sunday. But all in all, three good points. Bring on Chelski!
pongogidman
From what I've heard we were poor and I'm disappointed that we played such a poor game, hoofing it forward so much. Sure we are a physical side but we do also play football... most the time. Good luck to Villa, you'll be a top six club this season, we'll find it MUCH harder this time. As for Barry FANTASTIC footballer I've praised him several times and think he should be in but with McLaren you can't help but think he won't?
Hughes Da Man
great result for us today 3 points is all that matters whether you play well or not.
samtozer
After last season its just so nice to get some points on the board . Aston Martin rules !!!
atkinson villa
when is the england squad announced?
The Fear
30,000 disgusting! where are the fans? there are people who are going to read this who were not at the match, WHY NOT, obviously I am not counting those with A REAL REASON so please no lists of excuses why you couldn't make it, if you realy couldn't, fine. but if you could and just couldn't be bothered for whatever reasons, do you still class yourself as a fan? I just dont understand such apathy, maybe the times are changing, but to me my team are my passion, over the years they have given me some wonderful highs and devastating lows, and I wouldn't change a bit of it, you either have claret and blue blood or you dont, so stop pretending to be a fan, get some passion back for your team, put your hand in your pocket, and get to the Villa, and sing cuz we're winning. UTV
steff_the_villan
I am with you steff. With regards to the game, we were streets ahead of a very poor Rovers team. The penalty was debatable, and in truth Rovers had a better claim for a spot kick from the Petrov handball. However Mark Hughes will use this as an excuse to hide his teams difficiences. The result was more than fair, even if how we got there was not as convincing as it should have been. However there is a lesson and a warning for the Villa in there. The attendance was crap. There will be fans who can not get there on a Sunday, but it is more likely, that more fans who would have been working on a Saturday would have been able to attend on a Sunday. Should we qualify for UEFA cup then we will be playing many more games on a Sunday next season. Does that mean the better we do, the smaller our crowds will be??? Also Rovers looked jaded and were missing a few players (as were the Villa) but this is something that we may have to contend with next season if we continue to produce results this season. UTV
voiceoftheholte
Played well within ourselves in achieving an extremely comfortable victory. Arguably our easiest game at Villa Park this season. Some very good individual performances, a solid team effort. Three very welcome points.
glensider
voth the way it usualy pans out is this, we play well the results start coming in there is more and more talk in the media about the Villa, and low and behold suddenly Villa Park starts to fill up again, with all these fans who have been life long supporters and never missed a match, fair weather, plastic fans. BUT if that gets them in to start with, then the atmosphere will do the rest and get them hooked, their money is as good as anyones and an extra few thousand singing makes a difference, I was sitting next to a group of indian lads yesterday and the one next to me had never been to Villa Park before, his reactions were brilliant, I think I can safely say that a new life long fan was born yesterday. It was a pleasure to feel the excitement and expectation, IMHO the futures bright, the futures claret and blue, UTV
steff_the_villan
steff that is the logic. However we have all the media hype, the results are better than expected and all our Christmas' seem to have come at once, but crowds are getting smaller???? I give up on it. I will just blame the stayaways if we do not grab this wonderful opportunity. UTV
voiceoftheholte
there have been many false dawns at VP so I suppose people are hanging back and waiting to see what will happen. the lack of what some people would see as world class players is another problem, but these people are missing out on some wonderful class players, McCann is on fire, laursen, Mellberg, Ridgewell rocks in defence, Barry, who must be up for England, Petrov who will shine, and Gabby is one of the fastest land mammals I have ever seen. But if we were to sign Henry attendance would improve, and he is due for a move from that little london club he is struggling with at the moment. UTV
steff_the_villan
Thought Rovers were poor, but we still had to take the game by the scruff of the neck. Three good points.
glensider
 

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