Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday January 2 2007
Martin O'Neill said after the 0-0 draw with Chelsea:
'The players showed plenty of guts and deserved to take something from the game.'
He added, on the official site: 'I thought we showed fantastic courage and great determination. I was delighted with the attitude. To be perfectly honest, I've been delighted with the attitude for most of the season. We might have lost it with the two Chelsea chances late on, but that would have been extremely cruel. That's the way things have been going for us recently, but tonight we got something from the game and we deserved it. We didn't have too many chances, but Liam Ridgewell might even have won it with the glancing header late on. For a split second I thought it had gone in.'
'Chelsea had a couple of chances themselves. One early on from Drogba that he might have done better with. But overall we stuck to the task manfully and I thought we deserved it. The attitude we showed was exactly the attitude we showed at Stamford Bridge earlier this season. When you look at it, we've played them twice in the league and they haven't beaten us. We still haven't won in ten matches, but this will give the players a psychological lift as we head into two tough games against Manchester United.'
A nice moment on Sky was when the interviewer Geoff Shreaves said to O'Neill, what did you of that? O'Neill thought for a moment and said with a bemused smile on his face, 'I don't really know!!!' You really can't help but warm to O'Neill, what a character!
Talking of the game, our pre-game poll asked for your predictions and this time 29% got it right saying we'd draw, 23% said we'd win and the remaining 48% said we'd lose - miserable sods!!!
Date:Tuesday January 2 2007
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