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Blades Battle On & Off The Pitch

Blades Battle On & Off The Pitch

Battle on the pitch and battle off it according to Villa manager Martin O'Neill who admitted 'a few words were exchanged' by the players in the tunnel after the 2-2 draw between Villa and Sheffield United.

What sparked the anger? Juan Pablo Angel 'accidently' elbowed the Blades captain Chris Morgan in the mush.

If the ref Mark Halsey, who had a decent game in fairness, had seen it, it would have been a red card and no mistake!

At the end of the game there was an exchange between Morgan and Angel, when Martin O'Neill was informed he said, in true Little Britain style: 'So that is what that kerfuffle was about.'

He explained: 'There were a few words exchanged in the tunnel, but it was not too dissimilar to what happens in most tunnels at the end of a game. There were a few people separating things, although there was nothing thrown as far as I could see. It shouldn't spoil what was a pretty exciting game, and I think we more than played our part.'

Neil Warnock had a whinge anyway: 'I thought it was disappointing that the official didn't see it, but Morgs has said he did. We will have to see, but I don't think there was any need for it.' Although he said he wasn't aware of any after match incident.

The unpredictable Warnock was quoted moaning about Watford using a towel to dry the ball before throw ins last week, so what did he do this week? Yup, give his players towels to dry the ball. He added that Morgan sprinted off the pitch so he didn't get himself into trouble but coach Stuart McCall was clearly seen on camera legging in after him to make sure nothing untoward happened.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday December 12 2006
Time: 9:53AM


From what I saw It was a good game, haven't really seen that many of them live on the box this season have we. Warnock is rapidly taking the "Mr Angry" tag currently held by Graeme Souness!
Hughes Da Man
12/12/2006 10:18:00
Copy and paste this into your address bar to see Stuart McCall "Peace Keeper" in action.
12/12/2006 10:26:00
Due to Angel not getting booked, I'm sure the FA will act and ban him for 3 games. That's all we need, what with the busy period coming up! Idiot! Sutton and Baros it is then.
12/12/2006 10:27:00
Dont know about the ref missing it, I missed it as well. Havent seen any tv replays yet so cant comment on the incident, but seems unlike JPA. However I'm assured by folks who watched it on t.v. that indeed Mr Angel was guilty, so despite being in attendance at the game, I must bow to the knowledge of 'supporters' who watched the game from the relative luxury of their couch or similar.
12/12/2006 12:04:00
Ref saw it so FA have said they wont take action. Glensider - the away fans looked awesome on the box. Looked a good turn-out as well in what Sky implied was our local derby. Wht was the atmosphere like?
12/12/2006 16:23:00
What a fantastic game! I cant get used to this new entertaining Villa!
12/12/2006 20:17:00
although i do not condone the Angel elbow, i have been saying for many a season that villa are too much of a soft touch and often used to get bullied on the pitch by most other teams...! Morgan was puling Angels shirt as though the game had ended and they were swapping shirts the legal way, Angel only tried to break free of Morgans grasp in frustration..! but it looked worse than it was. Well done Villa mixing it with them...!
12/12/2006 20:21:00
The return fixture towards seasons end should be a right feisty affair.
13/03/2007 07:56:00
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