O'Neill's Derby Day Verdict
Martin O'Neill saw his Villa team wipe the floor with our struggling neighbours and commented proudly, 'We were sensational and that win keeps us right in the mix for Europe.'
Yet another thumping victory, the third on the trot, sees Villa placed as the second highest goalscorers in the Premiership....only 6 behind Man U if I've just remembered the stat from the board correctly.
A brace from Young and Carew, with a bit of icing from Gabby secured all 3 points again from Birmingham City, who are now dead certs to be relegated.
Nice knack we have lately isn't it - take 6 points and see them demoted. Bet Gold wishes he had kept his mouth shut now.
Speaking on the official site, presumably after he stopped peeing himself in the dressing room, Martin O'Neill said:
'We played terrifically well. We were backed by a big crowd who created a lot of noise. There was a great atmosphere and we had to be ready for this game - we clearly were.
'The fans' expectations were high, but I think we lived up to them. We scored five goals and though the one conceded was a poor goal from our point of view, that was the only blip on our performance.
'We were sensational. Ashley Young was extraordinarily brilliant today in front of Fabio Capello. Gabby made it three goals in three matches now and Carew was fantastic.
'You could go through the whole team because there were some exceptional performances. The players really rose to the occasion.
'It was important for us to start as well as we possibly could - anything brighter than the start we had against Derby was enough - but we were terrific.
'Once we got the goal we just settled down and after that we were terrific. We know what these games mean to the fans. Before the game as we were getting changed you could hear almighty roars going up and the game hadn't even started!
'We're in the mix now. We go into a very difficult game next week at Everton and we know what's expected of us. There was little point thinking about Everton before we got this game out of the way.
'Now we've done that and it's just a matter of concentrating as hard as we can, getting ourselves physically and mentally prepared for the game and trying to go and win at Goodison. It's a tall order, but we're hoping we're ready for it.'
As is being discussed on the forum, the Everton match could well be the play off game for 5th place given the run in we, they and Pompey have.
Another 4 goal thriller would'nt do any harm to our chances would it.