Writer: Mike Field
Date:Thursday January 24 2008
Olof Mellberg is confident he will be awarded the goal against Liverpool despite the significant deflection it took on the way in.
Mellberg's goal put us 2-1 up and regardless of whether he is/isn't off to Juve he's hopeful he will be given the goal to add to his Villa career.
Speaking to the Evening Mail, the bearded one said:
'The ball dropped down to me and I managed to get a goal. I will claim it. It took a deflection but it was a shot on goal.
'Martin Laursen is getting scared because I am getting close to his scoring total. That's why he told me after the game that mine was an own goal.'
There seems to be plenty of in-jokes coming from our players at the moment, and personally I think that is a great thing. If the banter is going on who's scored what and so on, it means the team have really pulled together in a way they haven't in previous seasons.
'Marlon did well when he came on. The players were lifted by the first goal. Teams are always vulnerable after they concede one goal so we were aware of that and tried to put more pressure on them straight away. It worked perfectly.
'It was important to pick something up at Anfield to keep our good run going, particularly as we were not on top of our game.
'That's a huge credit to ourselves to pick up a point at Anfield when we weren't playing our best football.
'It wasn't a great game from either side really. There were a lot of mistakes and I thought the pitch was very difficult to play on.'
Mellberg will now be waiting on the dubious goals panel to make their decision on own goal, or not.
Fingers crossed they'll give it to him, then again quite why the FA choose to have such a panel and pay them is beyond me.
Date:Thursday January 24 2008
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