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O'Neill - Villa Must Bounce Back

O'Neill - Villa Must Bounce Back

Martin O'Neill reacted to the 3-1 loss to Portsmouth saying it was 'disappointing' but pointing out now the important thing is how we react to the result with Sunderland away up next.

He told the official site:

'It was very disappointing to lose the game. In terms of setbacks, anything that could have happened, did happen today. We went behind to a desperately poor goal to begin with. That certainly knocks you back, but it's far from fatal. Their second goal was fantastic, but maybe we could have done a wee bit better. I felt, even at half-time that we were still well in the game. Obviously the next goal was going to be very important. I was hoping it was going to fall to us to trigger another big second-half performance.'

He also added that you couldn't fault the team on commitment, 'We fought on and even though they might have scored another goal as we pushed, I always felt we had a chance. When we got the penalty, at 3-1 I thought we could still do it. We created plenty of chances. Look at Martin Laursen's header that went just wide - when I saw him going to it, I thought he was sure to score. Then their goalkeeper made an unbelievable save from Gabby just before half-time. That was a big boost for them, because at 2-1 it would have been a different ball game.'

Must admit, I could never understand why we let David James go, he should still be our number one and he was on top form again today, although he did also have his customary flapping moments as well!

O'Neill ended, 'It's disappointing to fall to a second straight home defeat. We've got to rectify it now. We've got to go away from home and try and win again. I think we have got loads of determination about the side, loads of spirit - we just need a wee bit more quality. I'm really probably talking in general, because if we look at the chances we created today, put one of the early chances away and we'd probably have gone on to take all three points.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday December 8 2007
Time: 4:28PM


Having gone to the game today. Our midfield was very poor, but I think they'd have beaten most teams. Gardner and Barry were pants
08/12/2007 16:37:00
i agree with Tarzan, dare i say it we missed petrov>?
08/12/2007 16:39:00
What the **** just happened??????????
08/12/2007 16:40:00
Big shock to the system, but they've won six away on the bounce? We got totally outmuscled, I was worried by the size of them before kick off. There's no point having Harewood, Davies and Maloney in the squad if we play Gardner and Barry when they looked absolutely cream crackered.
08/12/2007 16:48:00
Berger was awful when he came on he had no pace and seems past it now, he hasnt played well since signing a new contract.
08/12/2007 17:15:00
Funny that berger looks quality before his contract was up and now looks terrible, an extra payday for him and the USA beckons
08/12/2007 17:16:00
I actually don't think we played that badly today. It was one of those days where we never got the rub of the green against a good Pompey team. The all important first goal was a freak followed by two outstanding strikes from diatance. I was shaking my head at half time at how we were losing this match having definitely created the much better chances. Unfortunately we missed the chances or James produced fine saves. Mike Riley also played into their hands by harshly booking Carew for his first challenge whilst he allowed the visitors to continually foul Ashley Young without showing any card as a deterrent. We struggled in centre midfield, and Berger looked way off the pace when he came on. On the plus point was the tremendous spirit shown when three down and with the right service Young and Agbonlahor will trouble any defence. A win next week becomes vital to get us back on track, but we will play a lot worse than today and win.
08/12/2007 17:35:00
Are there anyother teams in the Midlands for us to play & beat. A nice place to come & take our candy.
08/12/2007 17:36:00
I don't think we played badly at all, either, we were just beaten by a better side as we have been several times at home, no one see a pattern? We have few options, I'm just very thankful that so far we have avoided too many injuries because Gardner, Maloney, Harewood and now Berger all showed they just aren't up to it and against a good full back Young is pants. We'll bounce back as soon as we play a weaker side, have no fear as long as the injuries stay away. Sometimes the luck swaps sides, in the last 2 games it has, but how much is luck and how much is playi9ng better sides is the real question. generally we did OK no need to panic yet.
08/12/2007 18:19:00
Definitely no need to panic but to say Young is pants is quite frankly ridiculous. Shocking ref who seemed intent on making up for his first half by flashing the yellow willy nilly in the second. No real chances to speak of from Pompey in the first half. 2 great opportunities missed by Laursen but lets face it - he's a defender. I would've liked MON to go 2-5 3 or even 3-4-3 early in the second half. Sticking Barry at LB when he bought on Berger for Bouma seemed a little baffling. Disappointing afternoon all round really. As said, vital we BB against the Maccams. UTV.
Adam Deuce
08/12/2007 18:33:00
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