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O'Neill & Hodgson Post Match

Martin O'Neill was totally honest after the game and told the official site that they didn't play well enough.

'We got ourselves in front and we should have been able to see it through. We didn't defend their equalising goal well at all. The game was there for the winning today - and that's the most disappointing thing of all. We didn't play well, fine, I accept that, but Fulham didn't really create anything either throughout the course of the game. It's annoying, particularly since we managed to get ourselves in front.'

Well, Fulham managed to put us in front... !

He added, 'The first half was a non-event but the onus is on them as the home side to go out and try and do something. That's what we try to do home and away and for that reason I think today was an opportunity lost. It's only our second away defeat of the season if you look at the positives but overall I am really, really disappointed.'

He also complimented the 'tremendous' away support who were mighty for us once again.

'It's the liveliest pitch in the league and there was a swirling wind but that's no excuse. It was up to us and we didn't do it. We shouldn't have got beaten today.'

Roy Hodgson meanwhile was delighted with is first win as Fulham manager. He told Sky Sports, 'I thought it was a very good game of football and I think honestly over the 90 minutes we don't need to apologise for the victory. There was little spells when they were in the ascendancy and spells when we were, but over 90 minutes I thought that we played well and I thought we deserved that little bit of luck we got with a good free-kick which won us the game.'

Adding, 'Remember Villa are one of the strongest teams defensively in the league and I thought today we probably caused them as many problems as most teams cause them.'

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Date:Sunday February 3 2008
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Yes, dont think for one minute that MON is convinced enough to make a determined bid come seasons end to land Carson.
13/02/2008 19:09:00
It's not really a case of making Carson a scapegoat, but Bullard should never have scored on that free kick. Carson's defintetely not worth £ 10M on what he's showing, even if he's not so bad. Steve Mandanda who had a trial with us in the summer is having a wonderful first season in the top flight at Marseille and has been called up for France internationals on wednesday for the first time (will probably play with France B, though...). Might have been worth a try...
05/02/2008 02:27:00
There aint that many out there though liamo1981, hence the ill-fated attempted to bring in that keeper from across the pond. Taylor's not the answer, neither is Sorensen, but I'm not writing off Carson just yet. Depends on the fee being demanded whether or not we should pursue the move.
04/02/2008 22:20:00
i still wouldn't want him for 2 million, i just want a good keeper
04/02/2008 20:32:00
Giving an opinion on a game isn't making anyone a scapegoat, grow up.
Hoss The Villain
04/02/2008 12:55:00
We always look for a scapegoat when the **** hits the fan and now it's Carsons turn i suppose, I will not be giving him grief just yet, he is young and experience makes a goalie, but he does need to start proving himself sooner rather than later, agree with Deano on the lack of ambition shown by the players, they were just not with it.
04/02/2008 12:01:00
I think if MON was convinced we would have bought Carson in Jan and not tried to buy a goalie from the US. Still Carson is better than Tommy who was weaker in the box and made more mistakes. Wouldn't mind letting Taylor have a go though he always seems to me that he should be commanding in the box however I don't see them train so what do I know.
04/02/2008 09:27:00
Seems to me the players showed about as much ambition on the pitch as the manager showed in the transfer market!
04/02/2008 08:41:00
I think price is relative, if we paid 2 million for Scott then we may have viewed him as a good keeper, but i am in a agreement for 10mill he is just not worth the effort - he just does not justfy that price tag. i reckon if we got Paul Robinson for half that price it would be a much better deal.
04/02/2008 06:42:00
I've gotta say, carson doesn't impress me either. He may be young and may improve in time and he may well be worth signing but if we've already signed a deal for 10 mil for him i'll be absolutely gutted. We could do a lot better. I suggest MON's latest interest in this american keeper suggests maybe he feels the same.
04/02/2008 00:39:00
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