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Smells Like Team Spirit

Martin O'Neill said after the 1-0 win over Premiership strugglers West Ham: 'Anything less than three points today would have been a travesty.'

O'Neill added in his post match interview with the official site: 'I thought we fully deserved the three points today - even allowing for the late pressure from West Ham. Thomas Sorensen had been given nothing to do for nearly 90 minutes, but he played his part late on. One of the saves, he had no right to get to it. But over the 90 minutes I felt we were the better team, we just couldn't the second goal and when Patrik Berger got the ball in the net, the flag was up for offside.'

'John Carew scored a good goal and I thought at times in the first-half he was absolutely unplayable for West Ham. That was a good home debut and he again linked-up well with Ashley Young.'

Adding: 'The fans were terrific today. It was a great crowd and they backed us all the way. It does make a difference and thankfully we sent the fans home happy with three points.'

And he has also hailed the impact that John Carew has already made saying: 'John Carew was absolutely terrific for us. His first-half performance was more than could have been expected on his home debut. He had the disappointment of having his goal knocked off at Newcastle but he's got one today and the crowd have really taken to him. His performance was majestic. For someone who is so tall, he has got a great touch and, make no mistake, he can definitely play.'

And there is more to come: 'He hasn't played much recently and came off because of cramp but when he is fit he will be really excellent. I think he is hoping to play some part for Norway in midweek and that will help if he can get through that. I was also pleased with Ashley Young who also poses a threat. The last two games have made it clear that we can look dangerous which is very encouraging.'

As Witton said to me, when Carew scored all the players celebrated with him, smells like team spirit! (Very good witts!)




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 4 2007

Time: 12:39PM

Your Comments

Yes, when Carew scored the players huddled for ages, it was beginning to get quite erotic, then the ref broke it up!
jonah
ahem, erotic for you maybe, the rest of us just saw it as a celebration. ;-))) lol
The Fear
each to his own Fear...each to his own :-)
jonah
not my kind of erotic but as long as there happy so am I
Christo
You still need a hug Christo?
Gazvilla
lol am always up for a hug but not from a guy
Christo
Dont knock it till you try it Christo ; ) certainly looked like the team are all bonding well, that sort of comaderie can only be a good thing. Such a change in atmosphere on the board since wednesday, excellent performance and just a small taste of things to come.
steff_the_villan
What a change since that last idiot was in charge ( thats the old fat one and the stupid one with the mad grin )
morky13villa
They certainly seem, act, and play like a happier more together bunch than they ever looked last season. Good honest comments again from MON, but isn't that exactly what we've come to expect? It would have been a major travesty had West Ham scored at the death. They were outplayed throughout, lucky to escape with just a 1-0 deficit.
glensider
carew n young looked like they bonded well by looking at the way they were last 2 walking off pitch and theres a pic on the oficial site which shows young celebratin wid carew
meakers
Carew seemed to take an age before dispatching the ball into the net, good strong player in the "historical, Villa" model.
col8
reminds me of big allan macinally, not the quickest but that doesnt matter has strength and bravery. look forward to more of the same.
morky13villa
When Carew signed I was very happy but, as he's had so many clubs, was wondering whether the man bonds well with teammates. No worries on that score after seeing him during and after the game. Seems as though he's settling in just nicely. Just loved him hugging Ashley Young - looked like a proud dad with his small son!
Beovilla
I`m with Jonah,watching all the Villa boys in that intense love-in when the Hulk scored was totally erotic,i`m buzzing after that performance and effort
ASPINALL
Still a slight worry though that we only scored once. Early days for Carew and Young admittedly, so hopefully it wont be too long before we register three goals in a premiership fixture for the first time this season.
glensider
 

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