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Martin O'Neill reaction after Villa took a 4-1 lead and mucked it up away at White Hart Lane.

The Villa boss told the official site:

'Obviously we're very disappointed in the dressing room to concede the late goals, especially when we played outstandingly well. We scored four goals away from home and that should be enough. It felt like a defeat on the final whistle. Not for one moment did I ever feel the game was won and we probably should have been a bit more professional. But we've got a young side here and we'll learn.'

He also pointed to the Spurs boys last goal being offside but neglected to mention one of ours was as well! That said, we should have had a penalty when Gabby was chopped down!

He added, 'But we played our part in a great game. If you'd said to me before the game we'd get something here I probably would have taken it, but not the way it happened. We've been brilliant for most of the game, but we've come away with just the one point when it should have been three.'

Martin Jol, who would surely have seen his tenure as Spurs boss ended if the result had remained 4-1 said:

'At half-time we said we have to play for the shirt and give everything - they did that. It was relief in the end. A win would have been better. I don't even want to think about it if would have lost.'

Adding, 'It was a night about football. I don't want to think about negative things. It's not about results or the league, it's about the celebration. We spoiled that, that was awful to concede the goals like we did before. But my family are all in the marines and a commander never leaves his troops. If he does that he's lost. I kept my head cool and they have to do it. I'm happy for the supporters that there was a sort of celebration.'

Meanwhile both Craig Gardner and Martin Laursen have talked about the match with Gardner saying,

'It feels just like a defeat and it's tough to take. Being 4-1 up and then them pulling it back was a nightmare. For their last goal Jermain Defoe was offside, so that was even harder to take. But we've now got to pick ourselves up and be ready for West Ham on Saturday. Hopefully the manager saw positives out there and there's no point blaming individuals for what happened. At the end of the day we let four goals in, but we scored four and should have won the game. When I scored I thought we were on our way. 4-1 up away from home, that should be enough against any team. But they managed to get themselves back in it.'

Brace scorer Martin Laursen added, 'It was disappointing from a defender's point of view. You are always disappointed to concede four goals. It was even worse because we were 4-1 up and were looking comfortable. We should have done much better. We were cruising. Then they got a second goal and then a third when Marlon Harewood made a mistake with the penalty. Anything can happen after that, but we should still have cleared the ball better with the final goal. So it was a really disappointing end.'

A mistake? Marlon Harewood should be ashamed of that 'tackle', it was pathetic!

Laursen continued, 'We're all down at the moment and this is going to be hard to take. It will not be easy to sleep for the next few days. But I'm sure after our warm down training session today we will start to think about West Ham. We have another game at home and we have had great success this season. When this game is finally out of our minds, I'm sure we will think about all the positives. Now it's all about facing West Ham and we have a very good chance of winning the game.'

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday October 2 2007
Time: 1:00PM


I think it was the youngsters who got us into the winning position.
Hoss The Villain
02/10/2007 13:06:00
It happens all the time in sport a team suddenly worries about not winning and it spreads.Spurs did it last season and against Man City a few years back
02/10/2007 13:22:00
4-1 and you *****ed it up. 4-1 and you *****ed it up! aha ha ha JOL OUT!!! COYS!!!!!!!!!!
02/10/2007 13:25:00
I think it was Paul Robinson that put you into a winning position.
02/10/2007 13:34:00
i like jol, and i dont like the way he has been treated by levy, his players owe him alot and need to look at themselves. this result will go as far as papering over the cracks for spurs, they will continue to be exposed at the back and conceed goals. The way that they put everything through Bale aswell, he is a full back, and if he gets injured then what? Where are their other outlets? because they were pretty clueless, but I wont take anything away from their spirit and attitude to get themselves back into the game. a tough season ahead for them, and I dont care what any spurs fan says because I think Levy will still be far from happy.
02/10/2007 13:43:00
If Paul Robinson put us in a winning position then Marlon Harewood definitely earned Spurs a point. We did mess it up at 4-1 up. I believe if we had kept on playing 4-4-2 rather than 4-5-1 we would have scored another 1 or 2 goals. The Spurs defence had no idea how to cope with Gabby, but once we moved him wide and took Luke off we lost our goal threat and conceded possession. It was one of those games that both teams looked like they would score every time they went forward, and we opted not to go forward for the last 20 minutes but sit and hold. Big mistake. Hopefully, we will learn, because despite the gloom over the result we still got an away point we would have been happy with before the match . Spurs have ideas of grandeur, but their starting XI is no better than ours. The difference is they can bring Defoe, Bent and Malbranque off the bench. We bring on Marlon Harewood. I really hope Marlon proves his doubters wrong, but I think our lack of activity in the transfer market will seriously hamper our hopes of UEFA qualification. Great night at WHL, but Spurs fans, get real, you are still a million miles behind Arsenal.
02/10/2007 13:54:00
All I care about is the team continuing to progress this season and there are definate signs of that.
02/10/2007 14:03:00
Definitely moving in the right direction. I hope fans are patient and don't expect too much. The one concern is that last night, excluding Sorenson, the 16 players in the squad were the only one's available with Premiership experience. We only had Carew, Berger and Maloney injured (and Cahill on Loan). Although we have some more fantastic young players coming through the squad is very thin. I think I am right that we only have 20 players with Premiership experience and three of those are goalkeepers and five are central defenders! On the plus side wasn't it great to see five local lads (all Villa fans) in the 16 man squad.
02/10/2007 14:13:00
Its funny I did not see the game but was getting the text on BBC, when we were up 3-1 i was nervous, when we went up 4-1 I was really worried. I dont know why but I was not comfortable? It does feel like a loss, last night it was all I could think about.
NY Villa
02/10/2007 14:16:00
football is a funny old game but not as gfunny as you lot losing your against crappy spurs lol................
02/10/2007 14:18:00
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