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O'Neill & Southgate Post Match Talk

O'Neill & Southgate Post Match Talk

Martin O'Neill was honest enough after the 1-1 draw v Middlesbrough to say: 'We didn't deserve any more than a point from the game.'

I think he could have been more honest and admitted we deserved nothing though!

He told the official site: 'It was a hugely frustrating night and we just couldn't get going. We didn't play well and did not deserve any more than the point. It was a particularly poor first-half and it took us far, far too long to get going. Middlesbrough came on the back of what they would consider a poor performance in the FA Cup and they've done well. They hit us on the break a few times early on and they deserved to go in front. '

He also said that although Boro played well it was Villa's performance that concerned him, adding 'We just didn't play well enough. We didn't create enough in the game and that was particularly disappointing.'

Meanwhile Gareth Southgate felt aggrieved at coming away with the spoils shared.

'We are maintaining our policy about not complaining about referees but I do question whether it is helping us. I have seen the incident again and our lad (Luke Young) has got his back to the play. The shot is hit from only a couple of yards away and I don't see the handball is anything but involuntary. I'm bitterly disappointed for my players because we've done so well tonight. Yes, we should have wrapped the game up with a couple of chances we had but we are fighting for our lives and the penalty was a very difficult decision to take.'

Adding, following their FA Cup exit 'We have gone a tiny step to regaining some of the respect we lost from our fans the other day. We have still got a long way to go but it was an important point. With the way we played, I felt we deserved more because even though we tired a bit in the second half, Villa didn't create many chances. We had the better opportunities and defended very well as a team.'



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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday March 13 2008
Time: 10:57AM

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Oniell is wrong, Villa deserved nothing from the game it was only a poor decision by the ref that allowed Villa a shot on goal. Southgate keeping his dignity well I will say it for him, the ref got it totally wrong. Had Villa been playing Manyoo or CSKA we would not have got that decision.
col8
13/03/2008 11:09:00
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Agreed we didnt deserve nothing at all and couldnt have complained if we hadn't, worst performance for a long time and such a crutial stage of the season too!
benham
13/03/2008 11:11:00
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Let's be honest, any talk of us getting into Eurpoe next year from our league placings is pure myth. It is not going to happen. It is unrealistic to talk of getting into Europe and then play like that, it will be the Inter-Toto or nothing I'm afraid. MON has got to address this problem of consistency. We seem to be able to play a blinder one week, with smooth passing and creativity and the next week we are hoofing the ball like a Sunday league team. Why do we keep on reverting to this rubbish style of play? It's beyond my comprehension for sure. We know we can play really good clever creative football, that should be the style in all our games. It says a lot when the man heading for Man of the Match status consistently passes 2 out of 3 balls to the opposition. What is going on?
Obediah
13/03/2008 11:18:00
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We were very poor, and Boro deserved to win, but am I the only person who thought it was a DEFINITE penalty? Ashley hits a shot toward goal, and the defender ,Young, spreads himself as big as possible to block the shot. The ball strikes his elbow. Surely by spreading himself in such a way he is trying to gain an advantage by making himself big and if the ball strikes his arm it has got to be a penalty. The penalty given to Pompey against Blose was far more contentious.
krfeskivilla
13/03/2008 11:50:00
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Southgate deserves the plaudits for lifting his side to those heights after the weekends disastrous F.A. Cup exit. They were the better side, and deserved all three points.
glensider
13/03/2008 13:08:00
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Yes you are krfeskivilla
marron
13/03/2008 13:29:00
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From a fresh perspective, at least we are getting points even if we are playing absolutely shockingly. Thats top four form.
Villan444
13/03/2008 15:23:00
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I thought it was a penalty too krfeskivilla. But if it was against us who knows what I would have thought...
los_angeles_villan
13/03/2008 17:57:00
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Spot on villan444. There were days, and not too long ago at that, when a performance like that would have yielded zero points, so we're on the right track. Disappointing showing in front of another bumper VP crowd though.
glensider
14/03/2008 06:40:00
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