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MON and Sir Chewalot After The Game

Martin O'Neill spoke on the official site after another defeat to Manchester United in a pretty dull game:

'It's obviously very disappointing to go out to United again. We might not have done enough to win the game but I think we did enough not to get beaten. It seemed to be heading towards a replay and I think United might have accepted that too.'

'But overall I am very disappointed today. I wouldn't have minded going to Old Trafford for a replay and I think we deserved that opportunity. Sadly, the competition bypasses us for another year.'

Not being funny but not sure what use a replay at Old Trafford would have done, our only chance was going for it today but then, if we'd gone for it, they'd have hit us on the break I guess. This management lark isn't all it is cracked up to be is it?!

He added the goal was a hammer blow coming as late as it did, 'I don't know if Sir Alex would agree but I don't think there was much between the two sides. There were very few chances either end but I can't fault the boys for their work-rate because their effort was fantastic. I can only worry about the record we have against them while I am at the football club, but I thought we were capable of changing the run. But overall, we didn't put them under enough pressure in front of goal.'

Sir Alex Chewalot of Manchester said on MUTV:

'It was an absolutely magnificent performance from all of them. We never looked like losing a goal which is crucial in a tight cup tie. And especially when you look at the good form Aston Villa have been in. So it was important that we didn't give them any encouragement and the defence can take great credit for that. There was nothing in it in the first half and to be honest as the game went on I couldn't see a goal coming. We didn't have any really great chances up until the first goal from Ronaldo.' Adding, 'Villa had doubled-up on him all day and never made it easy for the boy. But he's always likely to do what he did and that goal opened things up for us because it forced them to try and get back into it. It's a great result and we're very pleased.'

No apologies for the behaviour of the Man Utd fans though Alex? No shame at all for them invading the pitch, pushing the police and stewards or throwing a flair on the pitch? No, thought not. Plenty of trophies, but as usual, no class at all.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 5 2008

Time: 11:24PM

Your Comments

he doesnt like the fans why would he defend them?
krisvilla
"Sir Chewalot". Love it!
Aamir
we lost and i am generally disappointed with the way we played - but that is because I am comparing it to how brilliantly we have been playing recently. In addition, Curtis Davies and Martin Laursen were awesome again tonight and they got very little credit on the BBC. If we could bring wayne rooney off the bench im sure we would have fared better - but that is the promise of the future. in time we will become stronger and stronger, and i really feel that a lot of our current squad is good enough to remain part of a squad that can compete for the champions league in years to come. just need more numbers martin - and january is the time to change that!
ric112
Gutted!
Reality Checker
Thrice Gutted, another year and the FA Cup run passes us by. Never mind the European Spot is there for us, with Man City and Everton playing each other twice in the nexxt six games Villa need to push on, the season still holds ambition for Villa.
col8
Gutted? Everton are gutted, mate. Birmingham, Bolton, and Blackburn are gutted. We lost to an excellent side and made them work for it. Seeing Ronaldo's numerous ill-fated attempts to cheat amount to nothing and some good fight in the midfield made me happy to be a Villa fan. We failed to make and take chances and that is where the Uber-class striker will make the difference for us in the future. Or it could be just time and experience that will turn some of our younger players into the match winners we need, rather than buying one? It was that next level of skill we currently lack that won it for United today. We were a match for them everywhere else. Bring on Reading!
gwyllum18
The media were lame, agreed. Villa got no credit whatsoever. Very lame indeed.
gwyllum18
In some ways we were understandably cautious, but there were numerous instances where rather than caution it was us being a quarter of a second too slow in thought - and not showing real intent to take possesssion and create. Overalll there were plus points, but few in terms of creativity and up front. Carew, Moore, and Maloney not really at fault, given the lack of opportunities they were given. United did not do much, but had 4 or 5 chances and although one strike late on (that never came) could have brought us a massive win, United deserved it 1 0 perhaps, rather than 2.
stennyvilla
i felt ashley young had a poor game infront of capello, so don't know whether he will get a call up. Although i believe agbonlahor will.
villavillavilla
Gabby and Young looked very tired compared to normal. Maloney should have been on earlier if we wanted to win and not play for a draw. As soon as Carew went off we were toothless upfront and will never beat Manure with this squad.
Villan444
Special shout should go out to Nani for keeping us entertained by warming up for well over half an hour at different times throughout the game and still not getting a game.
Villan444
We simply just weren't good enough. We're improving, getting there, we made them work and sweat, but in the end their match winners stepped up to the plate and did the business.
glensider
Loved the chant from the Holte End to the Manure fans "Even Fergie thinks you're a ****".
Adam Deuce
We have to face them at Old Trafford before too long. Can we end this humiliating run of reversals on that occasion? I sure hope so. Its way past a joke now, and is getting old.
glensider
 

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