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Martin O'Neill Reacts To 3-1 Loss

Martin O'Neill says the team now HAVE to start winning, starting with our home tie against Watford next weekend.

He said after the 3-1 loss to Manchester United, the twelfth game without a win :

'We've got a 15-game season ahead of us now and we need to get off to a winning start next weekend.'

Adding 'It's a long time since we won a game and we've got to start putting that right. We've got a 15-game season ahead of us, it starts next Saturday, and we've got to be ready for it. We were two behind before we really got going today and then they got another before half-time. Let's face it, they deserved to beat us, because they were miles better than us. The goals conceded weren't great, but when we talk about these learning curves, we've got to learn and we've got to learn quickly. We've got a battle on our hands and I think we acknowledge that.'

'Our game-plan was gone within about 15 minutes and I just thought at half-time that we had to get a bit more forward play into our game. I had to change it and we did alright in the second-half, but we conceded poor goals early on and let's not kid ourselves, Manchester United deserved to win. There were positives. Thomas made some good saves, Gabby will be boosted by his goal and I thought Milan played very well indeed and that's probably the best 45 minutes we've had from him this season.'

Lets face it, we are light years behind Man Utd, we were never likely to win anything, now our season re-starts, lets hope for some points, a loss next Saturday isn't worth contemplating!

Keep the faith!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 13 2007

Time: 6:22PM

Your Comments

Am I foolish or does everyone dream of seeing the Villa winning again? Not just winning premiership games, but witnessing Villa going to cup finals and nights in Europe against the elite? A chance to see MO'N pitting his wits against the finest managers in the world, and seeing players like Barry mixing it up with the best players across the globe, how I long for those days again.......
Thegreatdando
A loss next week is unthinkable, certainly would have the old rusty bullet twitching.
mackaavfc
We have to stay positive and give the man a chance.On tv now they keep saying were on the same points as last season.But O leary put that team together MoN inherited it and the performances are still poles apart from last season.There are many jealous people who would love to see us fail we cant start believing ther rubbish.
Pking
Well said Pking. But you could say we've had an even worse time with injuries, and have had a LOT of inexperienced young players in. We have the same squad, but to my eyes MON is getting a vastly different amount of effort and commitment from the players. I'm not gloomy. We've had a hell of a few weeks when we've played a series of games against top teams that, let's be honest, we don't match up against -- EXCEPT for the effort being put in. The message now to everyone is DON'T PANIC!!!
BobTheBuilder
I don't think there is a case to panic, had we not had this horrible run of fixtures, things would have been very different. I don't expect anything to happen in this transfer window to be honest, but with the likes of Moore, Laursen, Bardsley, Petrov and a fully firing Milan Baros in the team, things could be all so different in these next 15 games!
Thegreatdando
Just got back. Couldn't understand the 541 tactics and the defending from the team as a whole was disgraceful. Second half, and I know Man U took their foot off the pedal, but we were a different team and I was proud of them. If MON doesn't buy someone soon I'm gonna have to hibernate until the summer because I can't take the frustration and lack of activity. If MON doesn't pull his finger out we may go down with this squad.
Gazvilla
I'm currently in post match mode, so I attempt at these times not to be too critical. We were outclassed today, and the size of the task that MON and RL have to put this club back on track is monumental. They of course have known this since day one, they've been under no illusions, but the slump that has gathered pace since the victory at Goodison Park way back in October must have been a huge surprise and shock to even them. MON is spot on when he says we now have to start winning games, that is obvious to all. Five victories is our seasons total to date, and that is indefensible. I once saw us get beat 7-0 at Old Trafford (Denis Law scored four), and there was a time today when I really thought that that result was on the cards today.
glensider
it is pretty obvious we have to start winning games. that will mean points.
leftfoot
Two of the goals were absolute howlers....... playing 5 across the back made it more difficult for players to know who exactly was marking who or what space. How come two games running Villa were so much better in the second half.
col8
Hands up who thinks that most of our young 'stars' will eventually turn out to be of Championship quality? We are a side peppered with Championship quality players and a few very decent Prem level players. Bottom 6 now... 15 games to stay in the Prem and THEN over the summer there will be the major turnover in players.
Pike
they were awesome first twenty minutes so lets not be too hard on the lads (they are playing against the top of the league away). Thats what baros is capable of, shame it took interest from Chelski to get it out of him. Got tickets for the game in the Utd end and they are such arrogant T****. Plus they were giving it the wheres the american flags now after we took one down last season. I look forward to the day when its a 'routine' victory for us over them!!
tylervilla
Must win game against Watford now, no excuses we have got to win it!
jonah
Have to disagree Pike, most of our young stars have been shoved into the first team before they were ready, have played their hearts out under pressure, are playing with injuries which could damage their future careers, and we should be thankfull for the job they are doing at such a young age and backing them to the hilt. IMHO we have a good few premiership superstars in the making. UTV
steff_the_villan
Yes, it was a depressing defeat, leaving us all in no doubt as to how far we've lagged behind the big four.
glensider
 

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