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Martin O'Neill On Villa v Blades

Martin O'Neill has reacted to the great battle and 2-2 draw against Sheffield United last night.

He told the official site after the game:

'We should have been out of sight by half-time. It was some game. We got ourselves a goal in front and could have been two, three, four-up and out of sight. But we weren't able to nail it. We went in at half-time 1-0 up and absolutely in control of the game. But at just 1-0, you're never in control of the game and we knew we would have to withstand a big barrage - especially from set-pieces - and we didn't deal with that. Consequently we went from 1-0 up to 2-1 down and then had to rely on another brilliant goal to get something from the game.'

'Creatively we were excellent and there were many great things to take out from the game. We've gone away from home and scored two goals again, but obviously we'll have to do better on defending the set-pieces. There were many pleasing things in the game. This is a very difficult place to come to and going forward, especially in the first-half, I thought we did very well.'

And on the scorers he said: 'It was great to se Stiliyan get his first goal for us. You could see immediately it was like a weight lifted off his shoulders. He then proceeded to play probably the best half I've seen any midfielder play this season. He was brilliant. Milan will be boosted by the goal. I've said before that all strikers get a confidence boost from any goal and that will have done Milan the world of good.'

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday December 12 2006
Time: 11:22AM


We went in at half-time 1-0 up and absolutely in control of the game. But at just 1-0, you're never in control of the game. Can anybody translate please? :-)
12/12/2006 12:03:00
MON doesnt have to make sense jonah, he's allowed to say strange things and can get away with it :D
12/12/2006 12:19:00
Goes with the job of being God!
12/12/2006 13:08:00
Definitely two points dropped last night, but there are so many positives we can take from the game. Baros and Petrov both broke their goal droughts, Sutton played well and so did Cahill. It's another game that we'd have lost last season. We'd have rolled over after they went 2-1, but it shows how far we've come that we can at least get something from the game. We just need that extra bit of quality in January and we'll start turning these draws into wins
12/12/2006 14:52:00
Not so sure it was two points dropped, but very much a point won. I dont think too many sides will leave Bramall Lane this season with all three points. They look as though they are getting their act together, and particularly on home soil they'll prove to be a handful for anyone. A draw was I feel a fair result. For all that we dominated the first forty-five minutes, they reciprocated in the second half.
12/12/2006 16:34:00
Talk about a game of 2 halfs. We dominated the 1st, but then they dicked on us in the 2nd!
12/12/2006 20:22:00
I am not one to critisise but am I alone in spotting a flaw that has cost us goals in the last three games. The bearded one is out of position at right back. He is limited going forward (that is not his strength) and that aspect is vital at this level of the game. Hughes is not a world beater but he is a team player and he knows how to get forward. He also delivers a good cross. However the biggest problem is that Olly is weak at defending the back post. The first goal scored by the opposition in the last three games has been as a direct result of Olly not being close enough to his man. Vassell at VP, Taylor at Pompey and again with Quin on Monday night. I am not sure the player would even of got the shot in, let alone a free one, if Hughes had been playing?? IMHO opinion he has to go back in the centre, with Ridge, at the expense of Cahill, and Hughes must come back in at right back.
13/12/2006 10:08:00
fair comment Voth, and no you are not on your own, Olly is not in the right position and I am sure that MON knows this, we have to accept that he is going to play with formations and see what pops up, how many times have players shown an unexpected brilliance in a position they would not normaly play in, unfortunately this is not one of those times. but a cracking game chap. UTV
13/12/2006 10:20:00
Their home form should just about keep them up. They're a rough and ready outfit, few frills, but they give their all thats for sure. They get good vocal support too. Overall, a draw gave us a useful point.
13/03/2007 07:51:00
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