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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.'

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 2 2007

Time: 1:00PM

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I think it was the youngsters who got us into the winning position.
Hoss The Villain
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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
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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!!!!!!!!!!
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02/10/2007 13:25:00

I think it was Paul Robinson that put you into a winning position.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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................
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02/10/2007 14:18:00

Last night? Too many bad passes (Bouma a main culprit), a lack of real belief that we could win it, poor substitutes (the theory was right, the application poor) a joke defence for Spurs but a great attacking team, a lack of cover on the right hand side of our defence, a stupid penalty, a whistle happy ref who missed several fouls by Spurs that should have been booked, joke assistant refs who missed most things and a side disrupted by the change in tactics towards the end when players were not playing their strengths - Gabby and Ashley - who are better going forward than holding in midfield. Sum total - disappointment is too mild a word.
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02/10/2007 14:57:00

4-1 Up And You Blew It....! But Great Entertainment For Us Neutrals..!
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02/10/2007 14:58:00

Laursen is possibly the best defender I have seen grace villa park. If he maintains this form and stays fit surely a big club will try to poach him for big money?! I hope not, but he's a rock.... I thought Mellberg was good, this guy brings a whole new meaning to the word "good"!
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02/10/2007 15:13:00

Mellberg is a 'very good' defender or defensive full back, but his crossing and distribution abilities are not good enough for a full back when we go forward. Similar with Freddie as well. Great defensively, but distribution ordinary. We desperately need a right back who is comfortable on the ball in January.
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02/10/2007 15:27:00

Well at least Spurs didn't score 7.
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02/10/2007 15:35:00

I see horseworrier is a Millwall fan,say no more.
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02/10/2007 15:39:00

haha! spurs in bottom 3!!! love it, spurs were LUCKY, if that was a penalty, i think there should be 100 more penalties every bull
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02/10/2007 16:12:00

I know Defoe was offside but so were both villa forwards when the cross came in for the second goal(and before anyone says they weren't interfering....the ball was headed on by one of them....moore i think). I for one was happy for the draw but wasn't jumping around thinking we had won the champions league!! Laursen played well and Barry as usual played well(wish we had managed to sign him when his future was uncertain) but the best player by far for you guys was Robinson!!!........I bet you wish you play against a keeper that commands his area and closes down angles like Robbo does, every week.
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02/10/2007 16:13:00

Still in a state of shock - but would have taken 1pt before the game. We defended too deep being 3 goals to the good, inviting Spurs to throw the kitchen sink at us and our ball retention was poor. But nevertheless we're a threat going forward and normally sound at the back - NRC is going to be pumped up playing his former employers on Saturday, but as long as we dont play Harewood we should do just fine...
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02/10/2007 16:43:00

Tell you what, us "fans" love a scapegoat. Start of the season it was Petrov - blamed for everything even when he wasn't playing, I think he's resposible for global warming myself. Then it was Carew, clumsy missing chances left right and centre, until he got injured and we are all missing him now - aahhh. Now it's Marlon, he's worse than Bosko Balaban. Reo Coker is next on the the hit list. I really do believe we should just get behind our team no matter what, we'll have matches this season where we'll win undeservedly. Things will be put right gradually, natural goal scorers don't grow on trees. Yes we should have stuck with 4-4-2 and tried out Davies, but hey we are a young and we'll learn.
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02/10/2007 17:15:00

4-1 and you fecked it up! Your faces when we scored the 3 and 4th goals! Priceless! Couldn't help myself after the match when your sorry arses walked by the park Lane - just had to laugh in your faces. Long journey back to that dump they calll Birminhgam girls?
its quiet at the lib
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02/10/2007 22:10:00

yous are over the moon with a point at home to us were gutted by only taking a point off yez,were on nearly double the amount of points yous are on with a game in hand and yous are 2 years ahead of us (apparently) nuff said.Good luck against Liverpool yous will need it.
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02/10/2007 22:45:00

I'm with you all the way tarzan. We absolutely have to have a scapegoat, and sadly right now the target of the fans wrath is Marlon. He was no worse than five or six other players last night, yet he's the easy target so will get all the flak, while other under performers escape with reputations intact. For all the money they've spent over recent seasons, Spurs are a poor side, and they were there for the taking. Sadly, when it came down to it, we simply weren't good enough to finish them off.
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03/10/2007 02:38:00

Tarzan and Glensider - are you saying we can't have a pop at Marlon for that ridiculous display? I also don't know how you can say he was no worse than 5 or 6 others - he was not just ineffective, but he was a liability. He threw that game for us with that challenge - one of the worst and clumsiest I have seen for a long long time. What was he thinking? He was trying to wrap his leg around the lad's neck! He cost us 2 points - no question in my mind. We don't love scapegoats - we just don't like poor footballers playing in the Villa shirt - there is a difference.
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03/10/2007 06:23:00

I think the thing that annoys me the most is the fact we have seen how good Petrov can be, his debut (along time ago I know) was sublime, I aint got a Danny Larue what has happened to him since then. Harewood is a completetly different kettle of fish though, he is possibly one of the worst footballers I have ever seen play for our mighty club. I was gutted when we signed him, he is proving all our worse fears correct. Please dont just defend him for the sake of it, im not saying boo him, but come on hold your hands up and at least admit he is S H I T.
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03/10/2007 08:41:00

The thing is boys, Petrov has used up all his lucky chips with a section of the fans on here and will be booed and lambasted whatever, he'll never be given a chance again. Harewood is a confidence player too BUT (and this is a fact) the same fans were crucifying Carew until he played well against the toffees (injured, donkey, can't finish). We should be more positive about what's happening at VP. SAF has spent the best part of 40m on Carrick and Hargreaves and we have a player that's better than both of them. I am looking forward to see how we perform in November and Decemeber - try and turn some of these draws into victories. Gabby, Laursen & Barry are on fire and I can't wait until Davies gets a run in the team.
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03/10/2007 09:52:00

Marlon has not been given enough of a chance yet,and alot of the criticism he's got has been from people waiting to have a go what chance has he got.He wouldnt have given away the pen if the team didn't drop so deep,and he wasn't responsable for the 2nd goal or the 4th.
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03/10/2007 11:52:00

Exactly, these things happen - lets hope we learn from this. On another subject, John Terry's gimp mask needs a zip :-o
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03/10/2007 12:02:00

The MON huggers are back.
Hoss The Villain
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03/10/2007 12:18:00

Defending the players not hugging the manager. Most of our bunch are too two faced when it comes seeking out those scapegoats. It's boring to be honest. I'm an optimist and didn't expect us to sign world beaters just yet. We need Champions League football for that.
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03/10/2007 14:41:00

harewood = s**t. terrible move by MON.
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03/10/2007 14:50:00

So going to that level tarzan we shouldn't have a rating for each player after the game because that is apportioning blame to those that didn’t do to well or did better than others. Man of the match should be banned because the other players may be seen as not worthy to wear a shirt. Match reports shouldn’t be published because it might mention a player made a mistake for a goal. How far do you go? I find it boring that because some have opinions, others have constructive criticism and others say what they see they are labelled as being anti O’Neill or trying to undermine the Club. Get over it and move on.
Hoss The Villain
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03/10/2007 15:48:00

One thing that I have to add. Scott Carson was exempt of any blame that we threw that lead away. He actually ensured we brought a point back home.
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19/11/2007 16:03:00


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