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Villa Boss Expected More

Martin O'Neill doesn't seem totally happy with the performance from the Villa following the 1-0 loss to Manchester City.

He said that the team was capable of better adding 'It really was a very frustrating afternoon and we just didn't create enough during the course of the game. At half-time we were doing OK. Away from home I suppose the onus was on Manchester City. I felt we were having our fair share of it without creating much. We did have a few opportunities in the first-half and looked as if we might cause them a few problems.'

'They scored a goal just after half-time and that was the signal for us to up the tempo, which I think we attempted to do, but we just didn't create enough. We tried to go for it, but it didn't work out for us and we're capable of much better. We thought before the game that we were capable of winning here, never mind drawing, but we've come away with nothing. That's very disappointing.'

He also says they now have to show what they are made of and bounce back, 'People talk about learning curves and they may have a point, but we should do better - it's as simple as that.'

Good honest talk from the boss!

Meanwhile Olof Mellberg says they have to bounce back. Villa a home game against Everton coming up next Sunday, the Sweden international said:

'The good sides all come back from these setbacks. The very good sides take it in their stride and come back. We have to try and acquire that.'

Adding, 'It's a close league this season and a lot of teams are capable of doing well. A lot of teams have spent a lot of money and want to be pushing for Europe. We're one of those teams and so we have to bounce back from defeats. We did that after the opening day of the season against Liverpool and hopefully we can do the same next week

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday September 17 2007
Time: 12:04PM


Its one poor performance, lets hope its nothing more than that. Although I am really disappointed that MON has again reverted to paying Gabby wide again this season. I thought he had finally figured out at the end of last season that Gabby is not a winger when he eventually played him up front with very good results. IMO we should have Young and Maloney wide with Gabby up front with one other, although, at the moment, neither Moore or Carew are setting the world on fire.
17/09/2007 12:10:00
Just one of those days...happens in football, they are after all our 'bogey team'....and they seem to be winning games they just don't deserve apart from their opening day performance. We will bounce back, but their luck will surely run out. Our defence looked ragged yesterday, we'll just have to put it down to a bad day at the office. Lets get it right against Everton....UTV
17/09/2007 12:49:00
Dont agree with 'bogey teams' astonmilan, although I appreciate what you mean. We lost because we couldn't beat a very average looking Citeh team, shorn of two key players. No excuses, we got what our efforts deserved. Precisely nothing.
17/09/2007 19:52:00
At least we dont get from MON those 'honest bunch of lads' excuses that so used to insult our intelligence throughout the O'leary days. When we're bad, Martin openly admits we were.
19/09/2007 17:25:00
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