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O'Neill Happy, Moyes Not So Much

Martin O'Neill has reacted happily to the 2-0 win over Everton today.

The Villa boss said the thought the performance was 'sound' adding that despite not reaching the same level as against Chelsea he was still 'delighted' with the three points.

'We always looked dangerous. We got the breakthrough goal which was great for us and great for John. We were doing OK at half-time, but we knew Everton would come back at us after the break.Then we lost John through injury, which was a blow, before Gabby went up front and scored an absolutely fantastic goal for us.'

On the second goal, scored with aplomb by Gabby he said, following the kick from Scott Carson, 'Gabby still had an awful lot to do. He brought it down absolutely delightfully with a great touch and then he finished well. I think TV replays have shown he was onside, so that was a good decision from the linesman I know Everton thought he might be offside and apparently Gabby thought so, which makes it even more pleasing that he finished the job and put the ball in the net.'

He also says that Villa deserved the win adding, 'That's three out of four that we've won now, which has given us a big boost in confidence. Winning football matches does that and make no mistake, this was not an easy game to win.'

Everton boss David Moyes told EvertonTV: 'If you concede goals like we do and can't score at the other end then it's a recipe for disaster. We didn't clear the first one, there was a slip in the box and maybe the goalie could have saved it as well.' And on the goal that he believes was offside he slated his defenders for not playing to the ref's whistle saying 'that is what you teach children.'

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 23 2007

Time: 5:30PM

Your Comments

I too am happy. Another good home performance from the team and the crowd.
Adam Deuce
Love that picture! Thought the game was pretty awful but the result is all that matters. Sets us up for a cracking cup game on Wednesday!
The Fear
If i was a villa fan i'd be furios you didnt put 7-10 past us, worst we've played since Arsenal put 7 past us a few years back. I thought Villa were poor too though to be honest, and 2 was probably a little generous, 1-0 villa would of been a fair result IMO.
I was shocked Mike, not seen an everton team that poor in a long time, it was a pretty bog standard poor quality game really. Just glad of the points.
The Fear
our defence is missing having howard stood their swearing, and stubbs blocking pretty much everything. IS that the price we are paying for trying to move forward with a backline that includes baines, yobo, lescott? should we of stuck with stubbs and yobo that worked so well last year, with lescott a left back? with baines, well may aswell put him left mid can't be worse than osman
Shut up EvertonMike,sour grapes
sour grapes? at no point have i said villa didnt deserve to win. not sure what i have put that offended you so much
ok fair enough I retract that last comment sorry
lol, that was a quick retraction! EvertonMike, agree, your team shocked me today, thought we'd be in for a right battle. Moyes no doubt will have bent their ears in the dressing room.
The Fear
Thats a great result for us today I didnt hear or see anything of the game but Everton are a quality side and a team that will take points of our rivals.
I'd hope you would considor us your rivals! i know we aren't doing well atm but i hope we will push for the UEFA places
Think Moyesy had a bit of a go at them at half time, they came out a bit better until you got the second.
I don't think you are our rivals everton mike, your above us in potential right now and pushing for euope where we are pushing for top 10. Hopefully you will beat other top 10 teams though as Villa start on a long slow bit hopefully succesful road to recovery as one of the premier leagues premier teams.
Disagree totally supermansfoot that Everton are above us 'potential wise' right now, I fail to see it. They have a very good manager, but a manager no better that MON, they have decent players, but realistically how many of their lot are man for man better than what we have here at B6? They have fanatical support, likewise, but they probably, almost certainly dont have the financial muscle that Mr Lerner can provide us. They can perform admirably at times, but can also look absolutely awful when the mood takes them (today for instance), just as indeed we can. Bigger than us, realistically or potentially? Absolutely no way.
glansider both flatter to deceive at the moment but Villa are definatly moving in the right direction. If asked who currently have the foundation to go on to challenge at a higher lever over the next 5 years you would have to go for Villa
don't judge us off today, we have half our team missing and those who played were nowhere near what they can do. Gravesen, Cahill, Arteta, Howard would all start and even Vaughan and Stubbs were playing towards the end of last season consistantly. So think if you took out your 3 best midfielder, keeper, impact striker and solid centre half would you come to Everton and win?
Interesting comparison between a club that has bought players probably on a loan financed by expected league position cash, verses a club that now has solid reserves. I know which I prefer!
We are not a better side than Everton,they are in the same group as us Newcastle Spurs etc.
When did Newcastle get into that group....must have missed that as they have finished BELOW us for the last few seasons !!!
I know what your saying, i think Everton, Villa, Blackburn, West Ham, Pompey, Newcastle(?), Spurs (?) City (?) could all beat each other on their day, especially if the other was missng their best players. I imagine with villa it is much more of a team effort offensivly, but litteraly without arteta or cahill NOBODY in midfield can create anything except possibly gravesen or pienaar, and neither of them are fit (pienaar played but he was risked as we had no-one else). We're on a terrible run right now because of those injuries, but i still would expect us to finish above villa come may.
Lets face it, in Moyes, Everton have a top guy. They'll be there or thereabouts when it comes to handing out the UEFA Cup places for next season.

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