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O'Neill's Derby Day Verdict

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.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Sunday April 20 2008
Time: 3:41PM

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Its a tall order indeed, and if we do WIN the game then MON NEEDS to buy BIG in the summer, we need to keep Barry and spend some serious amount of Dosh to get anywhere in Europe.
Villa 4 Ever
20/04/2008 15:53:00
It does not get much better than that. I've supported Villa for 46 years and cannot remember many better afternoons than today. Brilliant and thanks to all.
20/04/2008 15:55:00
ALSO who was taking the pee voting for Carson as MOTM....
Villa 4 Ever
20/04/2008 15:57:00
was it really as comfortable as the scoreline suggests?
20/04/2008 16:21:00
100% merlin, yes. It should have been 5-0. Carson only had one save to make all afternoon and he let it squirm under his body when a 10million keeper surely would have got his body down quicker. I'm being a bit churlish though, as overall it was a great performance throughout the team. That's 15 goals in 3 games, which could be vital if we do manage to draw level with Everton on points. Will be cheering on Pompey later for at least a draw against ManCity, as I fancy them for the FA Cup as well. All we need to do now is stay ahead of ManCity and push as hard as we can to catch the Toffeemen.....
20/04/2008 16:33:00
This is one of only a handful of times I wish I ws in England rather than Korea
20/04/2008 16:59:00
Supermansfoot, I can understand your frustration. Luckily i've managed about 20 games this season. Wish I was there today though. Oh well, the weather sort of eases the pain. Kind of. Watching on some dodgy arabic satalite, but gave loads of **** to the smallheath that were in there. Ashley Young was sensational. I'd hate to be a bluenose
20/04/2008 17:09:00
supermansfoot - where in Korea? I'm heading out to Seoul on Saturday
20/04/2008 17:35:00
I'm in Busan on the south coast but have a great time in Seoul it's a lovely city... especially on weekends when it's quieter (I'm not being sarcastic - the locals leave for the weekend)
20/04/2008 17:41:00
Just goy back. Took 3 lads who are not regulars (did not want to take my 3 young kids who are all season ticket holders for obvious reasons) they could not believe the atmosphere and all 11 and Harewood were imense. Can not wait until MoTD. Hope the noses go down as they were pi$$ poor. Hope we win the next 3 games. UTV. Yip Yi Oh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dead Souls
20/04/2008 19:13:00
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