Managers Post Match Reaction
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.”