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Martin O'Neill says that Villa got what they deserved today after taking all three points against Fulham.

He said after the 2-1 win:

'We got there in the end and we deserved to win the game. I thought the winner wasn't going to come with so little time left in the game but I felt we warranted the three points. We were attack-minded all afternoon. We went a goal behind but it was relentless after that. We had some great chances in the first half but still went in a goal behind but I felt we still had enough to win the game.'

Adding on the official site, 'At the same time as you are gallivanting forward it's possible to leave gaps at the back. We got a bit of luck when they hit the post and it would have been a long way back from 2-0 down. But I thought we earned that luck because we should have scored some goals before then.'

He also sang the praises of Shaun Maloney for the winner and has apologised for being such a naughty boy and being sent to the stands by match ref Steve Bennett.

See, Martin O'Neill isn't the messiah, he's a very naughty boy.

He said: 'At the end of the first half I went on to the pitch to remonstrate with the referee. I shouldn't have done it; I should have waited until we got to the dressing room. Two minutes were put up on the board and I felt that Fulham had spent that down with injuries. But the referee told me he had played two and a half minutes and said I shouldn't have publicly voiced my opinions. I think he's right so I do apologise. He told me I couldn't sit in the technical area in the second half. I shouldn't have done it, no matter how het up I was.'

Meanwhile Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez said: “I’m obviously disappointed. It was poor defending to allow the lad through on goal with a straight ball. We are being penalised for every moment that we do something wrong and at the same time, we’re having no luck at the other end. We’re four games in and there are 34 to go. We’ll be alright once we eradicate the errors that we’ve been making and have people in the team who don’t make those errors. We are having absolutely no luck whatsoever at this time and we’re compounding that by making serious errors in judgement at crucial times late in the game. As good as Aston Villa are, we should have got something from this game.”

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 25 2007

Time: 8:24PM

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Come on come on come on...Maloney, plus Yung equals width...!!! Easy. Petrov must rest. *****ing great match.
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25/08/2007 20:31:00

wow it even edits f c u k. what about fcu...only kidding. Now lets buy Diop, davis, that chelsea guy who never gets a sniff at defence....johnson. And....Defoe for good measure.
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25/08/2007 20:33:00

What you aren't mentioning is the fact that Sanchez is being the moaning whiner the Premiership is(n't) crying out for. A penalty, yeah it may have been, but it happened, we should've had one too, but he doesn't mention that. Personally I thought with all the controversy that Steve Bennett had an exceptional game today, with the obvious exception of first-half stoppage time, a point Mr. Sanchez forgot to mention...
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25/08/2007 20:34:00

how many more 'Get out of Jail Free' cards do you have left?
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25/08/2007 21:11:00

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25/08/2007 21:15:00

We used the get out of jail free card Liverpool gave us on the opening day
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25/08/2007 21:54:00

There was me hoping the reason He & the Subs did not come out was because Mon had a bust up the the useless PetKnob Still gets selected beats me
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25/08/2007 22:11:00

Brilliant result in the end! Had be worried though, would we have won the match if fulham didnt go down to 10 men? again no goal from our strikers. I knew we cud win as soon as petrov was taken off! He should never have started with the way he plays. Put him in the reserves and make him prove himself! WHY do we play gardner at right back when mellberg could play there? If cahill isnt gonna ever play sell him!
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25/08/2007 22:14:00

suky - then we'd have to buy 2 cb's. Maloney and Luke must start next match.
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25/08/2007 22:55:00

but we are only playing mellberg cb becauase we dont have any other to cover him in the center othawise he wud be the obvious right back. I dont see wht we dont play laursen and cahill in the centre and melleberg right back untill we get 1! and then leave gardner in central mid instead of petrov the waste of space. im not convinced with luke eitha hes got a lot to prove but id b happy to give him untill xmas.
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25/08/2007 23:04:00

Can u see MON starting with a 442 anytime soon? - thats the only way Moore will get an extented run in the side. 433 only works if you midfield work and there are no passengers - well guess what. We have Petrov - enough said.
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25/08/2007 23:16:00

With all this formation chat I thought Id add my two cents - Go with a flexible 4-4-2 which can change to 4-3-3 when needed. Carson, New RB, Mellberg, Laursen, Bouma with a Reo-Coker and Barry in CM. Have Young and Agbonlahor on the flanks with Moore and Carew up front. When we go 4-3-3 we have Gabby and Luke as wide strikers and Barry, NRC (defensive midfielders) and Young (more offensive). That would sort that. Also allows Berger or Maloney to do what I have said Young/Gabby should do.
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25/08/2007 23:38:00

i'd play maloney and young on the flanks at the moment, and drop either gabby or carew, both have been pretty poor so far this season. Luke Moore was brilliant when he came on, if only we had on gone through him a little more. Young terrorised there RB, but for a while there in the 2nd half after our decent spell we didn't look like we would score for a while because we started playing long balls. then at the end when maloney came on and we started going through feet again we started to look good. Bouma was crap again, his passing is pathetic, Petrov was poor also, as was Gabby and Carew.Luke moore has to start next week, plus he has a knack of scoring against big teams.
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26/08/2007 00:45:00

Moore has to be close to winning a deserved starting spot, but we desperately need to bring in a quality proven finisher. Our lack of one, was almost once again our undoing. John Carew, Gabby and Luke are simply not the answer when it comes to looking for guaranteed 15-20 goals per season players.
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26/08/2007 02:03:00

Why cant Carew be like the Carew who plays for Norway we never seem to sign strikers who can score.
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26/08/2007 08:43:00

The statistics speak volumes; 22 shots only 4 on target. We are never going to win matches with shooting accuracy like that. Clearly Moore and Maloney seem to have more idea where the goal is than the other strikers, the game changed when Luke stepped on to the field. I also agree with the comments above about rearranging the back four. Gardner is wasted at RB and Melberg was not up to his usual standard. MON must get busy this week to bring in the 4 or 5 players we need, otherwise we are really going to struggle this season.
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26/08/2007 09:22:00

Luke Moore scored a perfectly good goal, but for a poor ref decision. I don't think anyone can justifiably say that Luke Moore is not the answer, he simply has not been given enough opportunity (in a striking roll) to prove himself.
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26/08/2007 09:46:00

Carew struggles for Villa because we have not yet worked out that despite being fantastic in the air, he is better with ball played to feet. At bit like England with Crouch.
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26/08/2007 10:34:00

We all think that and its funny everyone thinks that apart from the manager who only thinks we should do long ball for him. Why though do we need to do long ball when we have won matches by not doing long ball and Carew even scores when its not long ball.
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26/08/2007 10:45:00

Carew had several chances where he was put through and he made an arse of them His one real contribution was the header that hit the bar. The amount of chances created and not finished just put pressure on teams, had he converted 1 better 2 we would have walked the match as it was we scrambled a win. As good as Maloney's strike was, I'd hardly suggest 1 goal in a few minutes substitute appearance for a bloke angling to go home justifies talk of him becoming a first start. Maybe if O'Neill played Gabby and Moore as twin strikers and did away with this need to have a big man up front we'd score more. Better still if he had the guts to take on a top striker like Anelka or Defoe or had something more than an excuse for a scouting network to find genuine strikers we would convert more than we do. Just me too for me same as last season, maybe a little more ability than then in midfield, countered by several players covering a weak right back.
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26/08/2007 18:59:00

We need a quality proven striker. I've been saying it since day one at The Emirates last season. Nothing has changed since then. Neither Gabby, Luke, JC or MH are capable of being a 15 goal per season striker. I know Christo disagrees and thinks Carew, Moore and Agbonlahor can notch 50 between them this season, but trust me, it aint gonna happen. If they were to score 25 between them we could consider ourselves lucky.
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26/08/2007 22:04:00

We need another clinical striker but john carew is immense as our support striker. Villa will not have 2 20+ goals a season striker for a very long time time so get used to it. Get of him JC's back hes class!
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26/08/2007 23:18:00

Anelka ?? Are you mad? the guy is an arse who would suck the life out of Villa. Yes for Defoe. It's not about guts. Your attacks on MON are groundless in terms of telling us he has no guts. Agree that we need more players tho....I think we need a hardman midfielder still. Diop for a season or two anyone?
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27/08/2007 15:04:00

well at the moment I say I think Young will score 11 goals this season with Gabby scoring 8 and as for Carew at the moment sadley I cant see him scoring 5 but hope am wrong his effort is there but he just has to score.
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27/08/2007 19:17:00


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