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O'Neill On Villa Rout Over Rams

Martin O'Neill has spoken following the 6-0 thumping of Derby County at Pride Park, our most emphatic away win for 37 years! (The last away 6-0 was in the 3rd division in 1971 v Oldham Athletic. I would like to say I'd taken the time to look it up - I had intended to honest, but I actually saw it on the official site!)

The Villa boss said we were 'amazing' today adding,

'We were great. Interestingly enough we probably had a bit of a stodgy start. Derby had nothing to lose and they played some nice football early on. We had to really dig in and that's what we did. We got the first goal, probably against the run of play, and after that we never looked back. Some of the stuff we played was scintillating.'

'Stiliyan Petrov's goal (from around 40 yards out) probably deserves a special mention. He was masterful all afternoon and his goal was just different class.'



MON said he was also pleased that Villa kept it going in the second half instead of resting on their laurels.

'We didn't want to switch off and we wanted a clean-sheet. So there was plenty to play for in the second-half and I just felt there were goals in us all the time. We've come out of that bit of a slump we had with two wins and 10 goals. We've still got a job to do and we're still right in there.'

Now bring on the Blues!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 12 2008

Time: 6:23PM

Your Comments

Impressive win! Petrov's goal was brilliant!!
Fan of Blues
Be interesting to see what Skeggy has to say on his goal other than it was against a poor team, a goal from 35yards is a goal from 35yards whether agaist Derby or Brazil!!! Glad Petrov is getting played in his position and has finally showed the ability we all hoped he had!!
young_jonah
6-0 - You could have given them a chance!
merlin
I for one had faith and still have in the class of Petrov. I just cant forget the class he showed on his debut. I believed that ability would always show through. Keep it going Stan, you deserve all the plaudits your getting. Lets just hope the fans start to get behind him on a regular basis. NO Player goes out to play badly except (Dwight Yorke of coarse)
gappy65
should see the Petrov goal Merlin, now that was magic!
The Fear
Delighted with the result but I dont think we played great today,we were poor until our first goal went in and it was a bit of a fortunate one.We got away with quite alot and Petrov didn't look great apart from his goal,Reo Coker was very good.We need to play better than that next week.
Pking
Totally agree Pking, if we go into next sundays game cocky after the last two results, i think we could come unstuck, and Petrov a great goal but still gives the ball away too much.
silkie villain
NRC went about twenty minutes or so before he even touched the ball, but after that he came into his own and gave an impressive showing. Arguably between him, Stan, and Ash, for Man Of The Match. Petrov is arguably our most gifted natural footballer, why he has not performed consistently is a mystery to all. Another good showing from him though. As for giving the ball away too much silkie, surely NRC has that market cornered?
glensider
I also agree PKing - thought ReoCoker had possibly his best game or close to it yesterday - made some truly excellent tackles, and his passing was almost flawless (for once!). Would be interested to know if anyone has seen the Optima stats comparing his and Stan's performances yesterday, as I reckon Okey Cokey might have come out on top. He gets my vote for MOM, with Young a close second.
YatesyVillain
Maybe NRC could be our answer at RM?
Pking
This Derby side will NEVER gain promotion out of The Championship next season. Never in a million years. Their supporters are in for a rude awakening. They are nowhere near good enough, yet they all seem convinced that Jewell will lead them straight back up.
glensider
 

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