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O'Neill And Ferguson Post Match

O'Neill And Ferguson Post Match

Martin O'Neill told Sky Sports after the 2-1 loss to Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup that on loan keeper Gabor Kiraly was 'distraught' in the changing room after the game.

Kiraly missed a bread and butter save from an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer strike and O'Neill said of the Hungarian:

'He's absolutely distraught. He came here with the best intentions in the world and we were grateful for him to come because we had a goalkeeping crisis at that stage some weeks ago. Crystal Palace gave us permission to take him on, so I'm grateful for that. He is obviously distraught as it was a goal he probably should have stopped.'

And on the game, 'Our best spell was when we went behind and we got a bit of belief about ourselves then to go and take the game. There was no point letting the inevitable happen. We could lose two, three-nil by trying to press forward to get a goal. When we got the equalising goal we were doing absolutely fine. It was a really good spell for us culminating with the goal, from my own viewpoint, that we deserved at that stage.'

Sir Alex Ferguson, sponsored by Wrigleys Chewing gum, told his official site: 'We've done that [scored a late winner] many times in the past but that was a near one today. I couldn't see us winning after their equaliser because they were fighting so hard. We made a host of great chances but when you're not taking them you never know if you're going to another one. Some of the football we played was absolutely fantastic and I think we deserved to go through. But you've got to feel for Villa because they gave us a real test and worked very hard.'

I'll add any more post match reactions from Martin O'Neill here later if they become available.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday January 7 2007
Time: 6:09PM


We can still put the skids under them next week.Dont grumble give a whistle
07/01/2007 18:33:00
Unlucky lads!! They fought well, thought we were in for a replay. A word for the fans too, they were great, could hear them all through the game.
07/01/2007 18:59:00
Yeah the fans were fantastic. I must admit that Larsson looked absolute quality the whole time he was on the pitch.
07/01/2007 19:26:00
What a great fighting performance by everyone against one of the best sides in Europe. I was also very pleased to see the old spark from Baros-played with some passion at last. Good also to see JLloyd coming on. Cahill and Ridgewell were outstanding, Bouma and Davis defended well but their distribution still no better.
07/01/2007 19:38:00
Apart from a few wayward passes (and a few others were guilty) Osbornd had a really good game, for a youngster with just a few starts under his belt. What a great player he is going to be for the VILLA.
07/01/2007 19:48:00
Couple this kind of display with a some creativity and a goal scorer and we perhaps could have won the game - If Osborne had a little more composure - you never know?
07/01/2007 20:33:00
The Villa support were absolutely incredible, and have been so at every away game. What a contrast to the home support! Is it time to consider a Villa Action Area, similar to Liverpool. A place in the Holte End next year, to be considered before the season tickets are renewed. A place where those who want to gather and be vocal can do. I think it would make a difference.
07/01/2007 20:45:00
proud to be a villa supporter today thought we were outstanding and didnt deserve what we got at end.osbourne,cahill,ridge,smiler and bouma(except 4 the goal)were fantastic and as 4 the supporters.................different class,couldnt believe the noise from them.keep believing lads we are going places now under o'neill.
Belfast Villain
07/01/2007 21:17:00
o and the ref was a *****in disgrace whole game,barry should have had certain pen when neville barged into him just after their first were speculating alot about swp coming to villa by the way,if u can believe ******* lawrenson that is!
Belfast Villain
07/01/2007 21:20:00
Both supporters and the team gave their all today which is all you can ask.I thought Milan made the difference in the final third,we need more composure and at times to pass the ball instead of just running into dead ends.Fingers crossed we can get the right people in.
07/01/2007 21:21:00
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