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Martin O'Neill Post Match Reaction

Martin O'Neill said after the 3-0 loss to Manchester United this afternoon at a freezing Villa Park, that the first goal 'knocked the stuffing out of us.'

He told the official site: 'We were terrific for long periods. Not only were we well in the game, it looked as if we might go on to win the match. The first goal was a real killer and it knocked the stuffing out of us. We then felt sorry for ourselves for a while and in that period they got their second. Then it was effectively 'game over.'

'But we were well in the game and I thought we played splendidly for quite a while. We are disappointed but I couldn't fault the effort of the players.'

Although Martin O'Neill has to stick up for his players and he is right, for long periods (in the first half) we gave as good as we got, in the second half it became men against boys and their quality showed through as we forgot to close down their top class players. Give the likes of Ronaldo and Scholes any space and they'll do damage. Round two comes very soon in the FA Cup!

Match report to follow.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 23 2006

Time: 6:36PM

Your Comments

Yes, twice more in the next few weeks we cross swords with the men from Old Trafford. Right now you daren't think about it. MON is as honest as usual. He'll sort us out, of that I've no doubt. January and the transfer window cant come soon enough.
glensider
Sack him! You ain't won for ages :-)
merlin
Id be happy if we could draw at least one of the next two matches against them. Ive had enough of this poor spell it needs to end at tottenham...and then we take Keane from them
AussieVilla
A result in the cup game will do for me, time for us to bounce back, shame we couldn't produce the goods in front of Sir Saunders, but I hope he enjoyed his return to football.
steff_the_villan
 

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