Martin O'Neill, who to be fair looked fairly unimpressed throughout the game from the sideline said after the 2-0 victory over Derby County today:
'We weren't good enough in the first-half, but got it right after the break.' Adding on avfc.co.uk 'Eventually we won the game and we deserved to do it thanks to our second-half performance. But it wasn't really good enough in the first-half. We were on the back-foot for too long. We had little periods where it looked as if it was just a matter of time before we scored, but then the momentum dropped and we couldn't maintain it. The players galvanised themselves for the second-half and we got the result.'
O'Neill finished saying 'We had another big crowd here, which was terrific. They weren't best pleased at half-time and quite rightly because the onus was on us to raise our game. But in the second-half they got right behind us and I think they were pleased with the response. We got the goals and everyone went home happy with a win.'
Meanwhile Derby County, who look doomed already even though it is only early in the season, were sloppy according to their boss Billy Davies.
Davies told the Rams official site: 'We worked very hard today - there was a good reaction from last week, and a good spirit from the lads. I thought we competed reasonably well but ultimately two lapses in concentration have cost us dearly. As I said to the players at the end it was a very good workmanlike performances with some good chances in the first half. But you can't afford to slack on what I call the small details and to lose a goal from the set play was a big loss for us. A lapse in concentration cost us the first goal and we kept working away but a sloppy second put us on the back foot.'
Now bring on the Blues!
Manager Tim Sherwood has spoken of his disappointment - and shouldered the blame - for today's one nil loss to Stoke City.
All the stats from Aston Villa (0) vs (1) Stoke, Villa Park, 3/10/15 Att: 33,189
Statistics, damn lies and Aston Villa..
Bit of a mix and match today from manager Tim Sherwood's pre Stoke press conference.
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