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Martin O'Neill spoke after the 4-0 whipping of Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park saying:

'I thought we played very well and we had to play well because Blackburn are a very good side. I watched them against Fulham on Sunday and thought they were unlucky not to win. So we knew we had to be strong, but we also came here looking to be very adventurous. I'm just delighted that we've won, delighted in the manner that we've won. I couldn't be more pleased.'

Adding on the official site, 'John got an important goal for us with the first. He's getting fitter and sharper and that's good news for us. We scored some great goals tonight. Ashley Young's goal was absolutely fantastic, so was Marlon's and I'm just absolutely delighted.'

Marlon Harewood's goal took him to his 100th career goal and brought him his first in the mighty claret and blue shirt.

O'Neill concluded: 'Gareth's penalty was a big goal and it was a big performance from him. Just like John's it was a big goal at an important time. The fans were terrific once again for us. It was great to see so many of them coming up here for a midweek game. I speak for everyone in the dressing room when I say that we really appreciate that and we're delighted to have given them another three points.'

Meanwhile Mark Hughes pointed the finger (not literally you understand) at the ref 'Tonight was not one of the referee's best performances and I think most people would acknowledge that.'

Adding, 'Benni's goal not being given was an even greater turning point than the penalty. If we had scored at that point when we had dominated the first 30 minutes it might have been a different game. He's given the penalty for a shirt pull, which was probably the right decision, but I don't think it was a sending-off because Chris Samba was there or thereabouts. They then got a couple of breakaway goals and I have my doubts about both of them. I thought they were both offside. It was just one of those nights and we will learn from it, but we know Aston Villa are not four goals better than us.'

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 29 2007

Time: 9:52AM

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Big performances from big players will always give Villa a chance in these matches, its about time the ref came down on Villa's side. So often we are on the wrong end of ref's poor decision making.
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29/11/2007 10:06:00

Mr Hughes, we are four goals better than you because last night we scord four and your woeful team scored sweet FA!!!
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29/11/2007 10:33:00

I'd dread to think what our team would be like without barry. He's a legend.
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29/11/2007 10:44:00

I cannot stand Mark Hughes, never have done even when he played for Manure. Absolute Coke
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29/11/2007 10:54:00

What a fantastic result! Martin O'Neill has given us Villa fans a fantastic November, surely Manager of the Month. It's quite unbelievable that people doubted him in the first place! Only 1 point behind Chelsea is a great place to be at this stage of the season. Obviously its unlikely that we will be heading for the (dare I say it!) Champions League. However, if we can remain consistent then a UEFA cup spot has got to be be attainable. Quite a few players are hitting top form now (a world class performance by Barry yesterday), even Mellberg looks as though he is getting the hand of the RB position but it will be interesting to see how MON adds to the squad in January. Overall things look up if we can manage to beat teams without necessarily playing much better than them. Thats a sign of a truly great team. UTV!!!
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29/11/2007 11:51:00

Still not managed to see the goals. Did Hughes have a point? Were they offside?
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29/11/2007 11:57:00

mark hughes is and always has been a moaning little bitch!! nothing new there then,funny enough he didnt mention the 2 other stonewall pens we shouldve had as well and there was no way are other goals were offside,not a chance.
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29/11/2007 14:09:00

Was out last night, unbelievable away result. Is there anywhere I can get highlights or see the goals? All I can say to Cascarino, Letissier, Andy Gray, Ray Houghton and our own AVFC48 is up yours.
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29/11/2007 15:34:00

Deano - Harewoods goal is miles offside, but hey, who cares now, we were already 3-0 up, so one more made little difference. The shirt pull was not a sending off under the current rules - BUT I think it should be. It is blatant cheating, so should be punished.
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29/11/2007 15:47:00

"Harewoods goal is miles offside" - but didn't it come back off their keeper?
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29/11/2007 16:44:00

Ah - the offside debate!! When Carew shot, Harewood was offside. What happens then? I thought it was then automatic offside if he was involved in any part of the subsequent play? But, hey, who knows these days!!!!???
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29/11/2007 16:53:00

I thought Harewood was offside, but as CLVilla said, it was the end of the game and we were 3-0 up. What difference does it make? They really do need to clear the offside rule up though.
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29/11/2007 17:35:00

Just thought I'd warn you guys, we may get some Celtic vitriol very soon (I suggest we ignore it). They are obviusly green with envy that we have a manager they idolised and two of their best players - the situation being more magnified with our teams brilliant recent run. The latest line being pushed north of the border is; that Petrov and Maloney are on thier way back to Scotland's second biggest club as MON will finally be tempted by Barwick's big cheque book. As an aside isn't it great to see up there mixing it with the big boys, we have a fair few points on the board now and can play with more freedom for the rest of the season.
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29/11/2007 17:37:00

No matter what Hughes thinks of certain decisions made by the ref last night, the unescapable fact is that we stuffed his lot 4-0 on their own pitch. Thats not luck, not brought about by a ref making mistakes (and believe me, there were times we could feel hard done by too), the scoreline came about because we had a quality keeper between the sticks, we defended superbly, our midfield guys ran the show, and up front we were lively and inventive.
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29/11/2007 18:22:00

The offside rule is indeed a joke. When even managers and players aren't sure of exactly whats what, then you know that theres a problem. Different refs interpretate the law differently to suit any given situation.
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29/11/2007 20:31:00

Marlon Harewood's SECOND goal for Villa (he scored in the Carling cup at Wrexham) was a super finish AND he didn't look offside when big John shot at Friedel. 4-0, priceless, haven't stopped smiling all day. Bring it on, Gooners. UTV
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29/11/2007 20:43:00


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