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MON 'Its About More Than 3 Points'

MON 'Its About More Than 3 Points'

Martin O'Neill, interviewed on Sky Sports 1 after the 2-1 victory over Birmingham City was asked if he'd enjoyed his first derby game. He said not really!

'I didn't really enjoy it. I'm delighted we've won. The game could have gone either way. I thought the early exchanges all went to Birmingham. I felt we just about merited it at half-time. When Birmingham equalised I felt the next goal wins the game obviously, I'm delighted it was us. The game was in the balance. It could have gone either way.'

Adding, 'I'll enjoy the result. I'm delighted for this team and our fans and deep down relieved to get out of it.'

He also said he was too far away to really see either of the penalty claims but Steve Bruce apparently wasn't as he said:

'At the time and I'm convinced they were penalties. As usual Mr Bennett, we never seem to get those decisions. You need them to make decisions which are right. In a big game today we've been harshly done by. He's got them wrong. I hope he comes out here and admits he's wrong. We needed those decisions to go for us.' Adding that a draw would have been a fairer result.

To be fair, from the replays, the first was a hand ball, the second was a difficult decision, the player was harshly treated to be booked, whether a penalty or not, it didn't look like a dive.

Meanwhile, O'Neill on the official site said it is great to get the three points (our first away win since last April) but agreed the derby matches are about 'more' than just the points.

He was also pleased with the spirit in the team, 'I thought that was one of the most encouraging aspects for me. When they came back to 1-1 and we were under the cosh a little bit, we responded greatly.'

And just to show that he does live and breath the game, 'The winning goal was terrific and now I've experienced this derby. I was concerned about the game all week and wanting to do well. We've won the game and got the three points on the board, but it's about more than that. There's always more at stake in a derby game and the Villa fans have gone home delighted.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday November 11 2007
Time: 4:37PM


I understand where MON is coming from, however, I felt that we looked the better team over the ninety four minutes and fully deserved the win. What was most pleasing to see (apart from the opening five minutes or so) was we managed to keep the tempo up right to the end. Great result and fully deserved.
11/11/2007 16:51:00
It was a very very even game and it took a minute of brilliance from Gabby at both ends to swing it our way.I dont think the penalties looked clear cut especially De Ridders.In real time it must have been even harder to call.
11/11/2007 16:59:00
Think MON was spot on, could have gone either way, just glad it went our way, we deserved the luck!
The Fear
11/11/2007 17:02:00
Ok, ok...congrats then....eventho I had a tenner on a draw there....You lot actually looked like you wanted to win that one. Good game.
Blue is the colour
11/11/2007 17:30:00
The result was everything. Manu, Liverpool and Newcastle all struggle against their fiercest rivals. We came up trumps again. Expecting to drill them away was ridiculous.
11/11/2007 17:32:00
26,539 was a pathetic attendance for a game of this magnitude! Just really hope we kick on now and start turning more draws into victories and really move up the league. Great Result. Think Petrov deserves some praise as well some clever passes and wasn't scared to get stuck in UTV!!
11/11/2007 17:46:00
Fair play to Blue is the colour
11/11/2007 17:54:00
I think MON is a lucky manager, you make your own luck I guess. But I always thought, DOL, GT & JG didn't have the motivational skills for the high ressure games
11/11/2007 17:55:00
All of the players today looked like they really wanted it. Some were better than others but they ALL fought for it today. Well done to Stiliyan Petrov - thought he was excellent at times today and fair play to him for maintaing a first-class attitude throughout the last few months. I've been fiercely critical of him in the past but he's conducted himslef with real credit and is now starting to make an impact. Still has a lot to do but I think the signs are good.
11/11/2007 18:00:00
Nice one BITC, good of you to come along and be civil, had we been on the wrong side of a derby day, I don't know if I'd be that gracious in defeat. I'm not even that gracious in victory either, so have some of that bluenose! The thing is, it was never really going to be about skill etc, it's a derby, it's about guts. Both teams had, and Petrov showed more than his fair share of them too, which was nice. But, it was about skill in terms of the points, just for a moment, Young showed that he had more skill that 50% of the players on the pitch put together, and whipped in a beauty, Agbonlahor showed he's not just about pace too. I'm a very happy chappy this evening.
11/11/2007 18:02:00
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