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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.




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Date:Sunday January 7 2007

Time: 6:09PM

Your Comments

We can still put the skids under them next week.Dont grumble give a whistle
Pking
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.
jonah
Yeah the fans were fantastic. I must admit that Larsson looked absolute quality the whole time he was on the pitch.
mackaavfc
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.
villacross
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.
col8
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?
myleftfoot
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.
Gazvilla
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
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 goal.bbc were speculating alot about swp coming to villa by the way,if u can believe ******* lawrenson that is!
Belfast Villain
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.
OneloveVilla
Agreed all of the above, fantastic, can you feel it, It's happening, viva la revolution
steff_the_villan
I was proud of them today (well sorry to add a negative at the end but everyone other than Angel who showed low work rate yet again). Worked really hard and tried to unsettle United. Osbourne looked really good, Cahill was a giant at times and McCann is having his best season for us so far. Just can see that all of them want to wear the badge with pride and play for MON. Some quality additions and I am sure this team will start getting wins and climbing the table.
baros10
Kiraly needs to be distraught. He knows how I feel then.
glensider
myleftfoot remembering he is still only 19 years old, he will one day be the toast of Villa and England.
col8
Absolutely gutted. We fought so hard and deserved a replay although as usual for 60 minutes I couldnt see where a goal was coming from. Angel is f**ing useless! A real display of how not to lead the line.
DeanoVilla
Belfast Villain: We were at Old trafford, visiting teams don't get penalties at Old Trafford, I think is in the referress handbook somewhere!!!
jonah
We'd done the hard part, but yet again threw it away at the death.
glensider
 

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