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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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Date:Saturday November 3 2007

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Your Comments

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

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