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Soft Goals Cost Villa Again

Soft Goals Cost Villa Again

Martin O'Neill said after our 2-1 defeat to Spurs: 'We must stop conceding soft goals.'

England striker and often talked about Villa target Jermain Defoe scored two before Gareth Barry gave Villa some hope on the 81st minute.

O'Neill said after the game: 'We were always in the game today, but we conceded two soft goals - particularly the second - and that cost us dear. I want to see us making team work harder to score against us. The second goal was just a long ball flicked on and before you knew it, it was in the back of the net. That sort of thing is hard to take after you've seen the players work so hard. I thought we did well at times today, but we gave ourselves a lot to do.'

More worryingly Olof Mellberg and Aaron Hughes had to go off injured which doesn't exactly bode well for the rest of the Christmas and New Year fixtures. Stiliyan Petrov also came off in the 46th minute, by the text I've seen it says that was tactical, hopefully that was due to another no show performance? I'd have thought it was more likely to have been an injury substitution judging by what the Villa boss said,

O'Neill continued: 'The injuries didn't really help us, but I'm not making excuses, just stating a fact. Chris Sutton was suffering from blurred vision and then we lost three players in the first-half. You have to deal with these things and I thought, even after the changes, we gave a good account of ourselves. We went two down but never stopped working and Gareth got us back into it. At the end the Spurs bench were screaming at their players to get it into the corner. But we can't hide from the fact that this was another defeat and the players have to step up to the plate at Charlton on Saturday.'

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday December 26 2006
Time: 5:04PM


It's a bit galling to lose again, we are playing decent football but with no end product...but we're not even using our original goalkeepers, we've got misfiring strikers, and our defence is virtually non-existant after the knocks we picked up today! MON knows it's a results driven business and i'm sure he knows whats needed to sort things out, I just don't think he'll be able to do what he wants in January....
26/12/2006 17:18:00
agreed, our play has been pretty good but we just can't take our chances and that is all that counts at the end of the day
The Fear
26/12/2006 17:50:00
we never look like scoring in any of our matches, we need a playmaker and a WORLD CLASS striker, Petrov is useless he hardly touches the ball his set plays are awfull too. That Osbourne kid has got a terrible first touch he should go out on loan, he should never be in the squad.
26/12/2006 18:04:00
We do need a world class striker, but who? No-one is available, and there is no way O'Neill will take a gamble on South American's or players from other European locations. I don't think Petrov is useless, he would greatly benefit with a bit of class in the team though at the moment, he's not able to get forward too much and is having to backtrack and plug holes if he had some quality that could hold the ball (other than McCann) he would be more threatening, and could be the playmaker that we so desperately need. I'm not sure about Osbourne he's a bit Jekyll and Hyde...good sometimes, but poor at others, jury is still out on him!
26/12/2006 18:24:00
take comfort in that not many will come to the lane and get guyz put up a good fight but you need to do something about your attacking options.tell you what give us barry and you can have davids stalteri and gardner.they arent attacking but its 3 for 1 a real bargain.
26/12/2006 18:50:00
You looked OK today but were way too negative for the first hour After our goals you started to push on and looked a real threat The front 2 looked handy but there was no support apart from Davis on the odd occasion Strange to see a MON side look so cagey, but explains why you've drawn so many this year.
26/12/2006 18:50:00
3for1 but I think we'll give it a miss! lol. I am not sure MON really has 'his' side yet, he's not been able to do much player wise and is mostly using what he inherited, I guess with an average run of results confidence is lower and to be fair, your home form is good.
The Fear
26/12/2006 19:08:00
Fair enough MON might not want to take a chance on a south american or top european player, but he would surely be takin the p*ss if he wants nugent from preston!! Those sort of players wont get us anywhere. If we want to compete we have to spend big.
26/12/2006 19:35:00
Well the whole thing turns in get to the top you need to spend big, but without spending big we won't be able to get to the top. To be fair the whole Nugent link is paper talk, but look at what spending big has brought us, Collymore, Baros and a load of other disgruntled players...spending big is no guarantee of success. O'Neill's strength is his man management skills and his ability to get the best out of players, i'm sure whoever he brings in will be successful for us.
26/12/2006 19:51:00
Hello Samtozer, I mean Sam*******! Still stand by your comments the other day on who is the bigger and more progressive club? Enuff said ;-)
26/12/2006 21:27:00
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