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O'Neill Rues Lack Of Cutting Edge

O'Neill Rues Lack Of Cutting Edge

Martin O'Neill rued the lack of a cutting edge as Villa finished 1-1 against a poor Middlesbrough at Villa Park.

O'Neill said: 'In many ways it was a frustrating afternoon for us. I thought we played some very nice football at times, but all too often we didn't have a cutting edge. But we showed the character to come from a goal behind and I thought, as the second-half wore on, we never stopped pushing for a winner. It wasn't to be and that is hard on the players. The game just exploded into life at the end of the first-half. I haven't yet seen their goal on TV, but I understand it was offside. Those things happen and you have to get on with it.'

'We didn't let our heads drop and in virtually the next instant, we launched a great attack and had the penalty. I gather they're not too pleased with the penalty decision, but these things even themselves out don't they - not always as quickly as that. Gareth deserves a lot of credit for scoring yet another penalty. He put one away very confidently in training yesterday and I was very calm as he stepped-up. I had every confidence he was going to score.'

'Even if we hadn't got the penalty, I was confident we had enough to score in the second-half. As it turned out, I was wrong there, but we never stopped trying.'

Match report to follow.......


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday November 25 2006
Time: 6:28PM

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Very few defeats but the draw specialists!
merlin
25/11/2006 19:13:00
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The excitement of events off the park is seemingly only matched by the predictability of what is happening on the park. Perhaps when Petrov moaned about the SPL what he really meant was that the referees were getting wise to his tactics...
ForeverHoop
25/11/2006 19:32:00
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ForeverHoop I take it by your remarks your missing Petrov, cant blame a player for moving to a higher division.
col8
25/11/2006 20:12:00
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know the feeling have the same issue at hull......a game really that you should have won....lost points....
ernshaw
25/11/2006 20:47:00
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Played some decent stuff, could, should have won. We are crying out for a quality finisher. We are impotent up front, and while we're not losing games, its frustrating because many of these draws should have been three pointers. Thought Baros looked lively when he came on.
glensider
25/11/2006 21:15:00
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I'm not missing Petrov at all and neither am I missing Martin O'Neill. Although there aren't many of my fellow Celtic fans who would say it, perhaps the best thing to happen to us was MON leaving when he did. Strachan has shown that winning matches is about belief more than flashing the money about. Though I do feel sorry for MON, as he has to produce the goods otherwise his reputation will be in tatters.
ForeverHoop
25/11/2006 21:24:00
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Do us all a favour and worry about your own tin pot league, we will proberly have all your good players in the summer anyway.
silkie villain
25/11/2006 21:53:00
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theve got none left have they ?
JASON
26/11/2006 10:57:00
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Thought Angel had a good game yesterday, clever passes and good hold up, ref robbed us, their goal was a disgrace. Every single premiership match has some controversy nowadays that costs teams points, its needs sorting out. Cahill and Ridgy looking solid at the back, he was unlucky with the little flick,
son_of_cher
26/11/2006 10:57:00
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From what i've seen you ran them ragged and their goal should of been disallowed! Unlucky! you should be sitting in 3rd!!
BaldyYid
26/11/2006 14:32:00
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