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O'Neill & Davies Post Match Reaction

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!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 3 2007

Time: 6:27PM

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Keep the results coming and i think you could get into Europe this season. You have the right man in charge to get you there.
will it ever happen
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04/11/2007 10:28:00

We've got a lot to live up to with pompey and blackburn on such good form but I think were capable of beating any team outside the top four and we need to keep the consistentcy going and not suffer a dip in form like last season.
villabikes29
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04/11/2007 10:58:00

Atleast MON acknowledges we didnt play well. Nothing frustrates me more than when he talks about us playing attractive football. I just haven't seen it at all this season.
DeanoVilla
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05/11/2007 10:44:00

There is a a strange attractiveness about clogging the ball down the park and running after it. But, no, it's not long ball at all - it's called direct football!!!
DerryVillan
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05/11/2007 13:10:00

Poor first forty-five with only one attempt at goal. MON has to rectify this tendency to only perform for half of the game. Billy Davies meanwhile needs a virtual miracle to keep Derby up. They looked poor, filled with Championship standard players, hardly the recipe for survival.
glensider
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05/11/2007 15:48:00

Still three points is three points. Come seasons end, todays victory will be just as important as the victory over Chelsea.
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