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MON Curbs Expectations Again

Martin O'Neill has had another crack at managers our expectations following our fantastic performance against Arsenal.

He has said that just as he doesn't judge the team on matches where we are second best for 60 minutes, he equally doesn't want fans to suddenly expect our 'Arsenal performance' each and every week - well, not yet at any rate.

Speaking to the Evening Mail, our manager was quick to point out that this early in our growth we don't have the depth or the options of others, and whilst we should all be over the moon given our current placing and the performances and results we have taken from the so called Big 4 this season, we still have a way to go before we can begin to expect that level of consistency.

'There's a lot to make up a whole season but it is the sides who can hang in during games where they haven't played particularly well in a match and get something out of a game that eventually determines their position at the end of the season.

'The great sides - all the top four sides - have got the necessary equipment and the back-up to be able to do it.

'I am hoping that this club in the future will be able to sustain things.'

With the infrastructure in place now, I like many are looking forward to an interesting summer. I completely agree with MON not going out and just signing numbers but given our season so far more players will be looking at us as a club that can challenge and sustain a challenge, so doors to players that would've been closed last summer or in January, should now be slightly ajar - I'm hoping we take full advantage of this as we all know we cannot continue with such a small squad - especially with Melly off.

'I wouldn't judge our season on how poor some might have perceived us to be for 60 minutes up at Anfield, a lot of teams can go there and be poor for 60 minutes.

'I wouldn't even judge our season on how brilliant we were last Saturday.

'It is a level of performance that we are finding.'

Arsenal was so good because we played for the whole 90 minutes, far too often this season our consistency has been lacking for 45. If that wierd truth can be beaten we will see more games like Arsenal, of that I'm sure.

As a final comment, O'Neill also said he wasn't too disappointed with the conceeding of late goals that have stopped us from memorable wins, believing that they even up over the course of the season.

'We have conceded a couple of late goals at both Liverpool and Arsenal.

'But they can be countered by the couple of late goals we scored against Fulham at home and Birmingham away when Gabby scored a great goal towards the end of the game.

'That was brilliant.'




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 6 2008

Time: 3:56PM

Your Comments

your too right gabby was brilliant! even more so because 30 seconds before he was clearing off our goal line.
bobbyfett
Also, I've noted that Mr Gabby is fast as feck
tarzan
Worth bearing in mind, that we didn't really put the Reading game to bed properly and could have drawn it.
tarzan
All the top teams win or draw even if they are playing badly. We seem to draw even if we are playing well!!!
Villan444
MON [all hail great one] is bound to say lets play our success down alittle, but he must be delighted with the progress the team has made. MON [all hail the great one] may wish to curb his ambitions but theres no way he will be able to curb the ambitions of the faithfull.
col8
All hail MON!! The Messiah!!! I can fully understand exactly why he's attempting to keep expectations in check, but I wish he'd do the same when it comes to transfer windows. Seems he's always bigging up his plans, and that in turn raises supporters expectation levels ridiculously high.
glensider
Understand that nothing whatsoever has been achieved under MON yet but I honestly don't think some Villa fans realise what a top top manger we have him in... very very shrewd individual.. as a Villa fan I cannot think of any other guy i'd wish for over him. Why he is playing all this down to the press he will have those players up for it and aiming for fourth.. if we fall short we will still make Europe I have no doubt. Mr Motivator will get us into Europe with a defeatless run in, and yes that includes getting points on the road at Old Trafford and maximum haulage from the remaing home games with the help of maximum support from the fans. Be patient and we will all be going on a "European tour." WE'RE ALL GOING ON A EUROPEAN TOUR... A EUROPEAN TOUR... A EUROPEAN TOUR!"
JeffBeck-TheLeftSide
O`neill correctly plays it down in public but behind the scenes you can bet your arse he will be pushing the players to go all out for fourth.If we keep improving at the rate we have been under mon we will be competing for the league in 2-3 years time.
british84
JeffBeck-TheLeftSide, I think its only a very small minority who find fault with MON, and its probably fair to say that they are the type of individuals who find fault with anything, in any walk of life. MON has done a tremendous overall job here at Brummagem B6, it doesn't take too much common sense for that very fact to be obvious to all.
glensider
 

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