Martin O'Neill's Reaction To Loss
Martin O'Neill declared the 1-0 loss to Bolton 'A very disappointing result' but said he couldn't complain at the performance.
Despite battering the cheating dirty Bolton, and having 60% possession, they picked our pockets and went home with all the points.
The Villa boss told the official site after the match: 'I can't complain about the performance from the players. The simple fact is that we will play worse than that and win games this season. We've lost two home games in a row, but the performances were a million miles apart. We were very poor against Manchester City, but that was not the case today.'
'The players were up for this from start to finish and we had the better of the game. It's not a game we shouldn't have lost, it's a game we should have won comfortably. The fact that their keeper was named Man of the Match speaks for itself. He pulled off some great saves - two in particular - while Gabor Kiraly had nothing to do on his debut. Just as we did at Sheffield United on Monday, we created more than enough chances, but we need to start putting them away.'
Adding 'Bolton produced very little in the last third, but got lucky with a penalty decision. I feel that Anelka caught Petrov as he tried to shoot and the decision to award a penalty was harsh. But when we were getting those penalties a few weeks ago and people were calling us lucky, I did point out that football has a habit of levelling things out.'
Match report to follow.