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O'Neill Wants Villa To Compete

O'Neill Wants Villa To Compete

Martin O'Neill held his hands up after Villa were slaughtered 4-0 by Chelsea last night declaring: 'Let's be honest, we were beaten by probably the best team around tonight, but I want us to come to these places and compete.'

Not only did Villa suffer a major embarrassment on the pitch, they also saw inspirational skipper Gareth Barry and Danish international defender Martin Laursen limp off the field with injuries.

O'Neill said after the game, 'Next time I want to come here and compete. We did that when we came here in the League, but it wasn't to be tonight. I still thought at half-time, even though we were 1-0 down, that we could get back into the game and give them a run for their money. But the second goal was a killer and the third and fourth just put the icing on the cake for them.'

O'Neill, who went over after the game to thank the travelling claret and blue army who were 6000 strong added, 'The fans were terrific. I don't want this to sound in any way patronising, but myself and the players all appreciate the backing we got here tonight. I know the chairman put on the free travel, but supporters still have to pay for tickets and take time off work. That's a big commitment and we did appreciate. Unfortunately we didn't give them anything to cheer about and that was disappointing. We have to look at Chelsea and think that's where we want to be.'

'We know we've still got a long way to go and that will take a while, but in the short term, we need to pick ourselves up for the weekend.'

Next up, Everton, who were knocked out of the cup by Arsenal.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday November 9 2006
Time: 9:39AM


It was a disappointing night. We went as under dogs, true. To go to Stamford Bridge and lose against the caliber of side Chelsea fielded is no disgrace. However to go and roll over and die is. We didn't have a single shot on target all night, absolutely disgusting.
still skeggy
09/11/2006 09:44:00
Wonder if any of the Chelsea reserves would like to come to the Villa, Wayne Bridge, SWP, Joe Cole or Geremi would be nice. Dissapointing result last night, but had to be expected with Chelsea being the only top club taking the competition seriously. Good to see Martin O'neill gracious in defeat, maybe a few other managers should take a leaf out of his book?
Big Chris
09/11/2006 09:49:00
Here we go again, a short sighted, whinging Villa fan. I suppose Skeggy be calling for MON to resign next and the owners to sell up. Get it in to some perspective, we played a Chelsea team bank rolled by a Russian multi billionaire with 2 players costing the same as the new Villa owners paid for the entire assets associated with Aston Villa. MON is right that he wants fight from his players but the difference in class is miles apart. When Chelsea want to win they will beat any team. Until the transfer window opens Villa are running on a skeleton squad who will all (barring injuries) have to play every game till new players are bought in to compete for places and replace tired players. I think we have already seen that 2 games a week is too much for them especially when you are playing teams like Liverpool and Chelsea who can rotate the whole squad week in and week out without too much disruption to performance and results. At the tempo MON wants to play at it’s impossible for them to perform at that level every week on the squad we have.
Hoss The Villain
09/11/2006 10:03:00
Shame you guys were so poor, you gave them a good game at the bridge!!
09/11/2006 10:11:00
I think Villa underperformed last night, I didnt expect us to get anything but I felt we would put up a better fight. To be fair though losing Laursen and Barry meant the fight back wasnt every going to be on in the 2nd Half and they did look tired, its just we should have made a bit more of an impressio. Good night all the same though.
09/11/2006 10:22:00
Reminded me of when we played them in the FA Cup final of 2000. We just went and rolled over. Time to face facts that the current players just aren't good enough I think.
09/11/2006 11:05:00
We had a bit of luck in the league their and at the emirates, the positive it shows we need to spend in jan if we had too much luck mon and randy might of thought twice about spending the amount the team needs.
chris the villan
09/11/2006 11:16:00
I hope Randy dont regret spending money on the travel
09/11/2006 11:21:00
deano chill out. It is impossible to compete just yet with a club who are losing a £140 million a year. We can have pride in defeat but there can be no pride for them when they are just buying trophies. Shevchenko cost more than the whole Villa team and the four goalscorers cost £88 million. The current players are not good enough to win the league ..... true. But that is the same for every club in the Premier League. Not being good enough to win the league though, does not mean they are bad players. We are sixth and punching above our weight. It takes time to build a dynasty but over the next three or four years it will develop. We will not win the league in the next three years. Hopefully we can have some cup success and possibly qualify for the Champions League via a top four league finish. Then with the revenue earned we can start to challenge at the top end of the table. Keep the faith and think three years not three games. UTV
09/11/2006 11:45:00
just face it we were well beaten, but it will only get better. Chelsea are taking the cup seriously but they took us very sreiously too!
09/11/2006 12:11:00
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