Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday October 2 2007
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.'
Date:Tuesday October 2 2007
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