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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