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Martin O'Neill Disappointed For Fans

Martin O'Neill spoke after the Villa no show leading to a 2-0 defeat by Wigan at Villa Park.

The Villa boss told the official site how 'hugely disappointed' he was for the fans. I must admit from my vantage point sitting right by the bench, he looked a million miles away from a happy man, in fact he looked angry and bemused at the 'performance'. With everything to play for, well 5th place anyway, the lack of ..... well anything from the players, was mystifying, especially in front of a full house.

MON said: 'This was a low point today and I'm obviously very disappointed, for the players, for myself and particularly for the supporters. They came here with high expectation today having supported the team all year. Today was a day when we just didn't perform. '

He also felt that even when we went 2-0 down there was time but his team failed to get any sort of rhythm and didn't put the sort of pressure on Wigan that we had against Bolton, Blues and Derby, as well as in our 2-2 v Everton.

'We have to accept that we should have created more. If you'd asked me before the game I would have said we were certs to score today.'

And on the final game of the season he said: 'I accept the fact we can still win at West Ham and finish in the top-six this season. That would obviously represent a substantial improvement from the side. What's disappointing is that we had this opportunity to put real pressure on Everton by winning our game and we failed to do that.'

Mathematically we can still finish 5th but we now need Everton to lose today against Arsenal and next week against Newcastle United. If not 6th is what we'll be going for and to guarantee that we need to win or hope that Pompey (not in for the inter two bob), Blackburn and Man City don't win, the latter two are also both registered for the Inter. After such a valiant effort it would be crushing to see us drop down lower than 6th that is for sure.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 4 2008

Time: 9:15AM

Your Comments

If any game summed up Olafs Villa career that was it,whenever we`ve threatened to acheive anything over that time we blow it by not turning up,hopefully MON will know who he can buy to take us further and get them this time.
ASPINALL
Sadly I agree, bet he will have fond memories but can't see him regretting his decision to move to Juventus!
The Fear
Every player has an off day, that applies to all teams, however it seems that the Villa players choose to do it collectively every four or five weeks. It can't be that "time of the month" for all of them every time, can it? I can't think of any other explanation of why the whole team goes belly up together. Can anyone else offer a reason?
Obediah
Wigan came and played 6 at the back happy to take a point from the game. We have struggled all season to break down teams who play so defensively so this was nothing new. Once they got the fluke first goal, it just made it even harder.
DeanoVilla
We have fallen prey to too many teams that pack the defence mainy in european games that was some time ago i looks like it will be another season. We are not ready for Europe anyway we just do not have the depth in squad How MON dilly dallys in the transfer market we will be lucky to get in 4 new players this summer
FatKev
We play with no width in midfield. Had some great results against poor sides with 3 in midfield but its not a week in, week out formation! It was appauling at times. We have Young, Gabbie and Routledge who can all play in wide positions.. Come on MON.. Sort it out!
notaspur
Deano - you are bang on with your summary. Sunderland, Man City are similar games to be honest. The deflected goal could have gone quite easily our way and it would have ended up so differently.
tarzan
Flat back eight is difficult to breakdown but these type of games you have to have a plan B, alas no plan B bringing Berger on for his last hurrah in a Villa shirt was pointless. At worst he should have switched Gabby for Routledge rather than leaving Ashley Young racing around the pitch trying to create something on both wings. Poor lad must have been knackered at the end.
col8
A blip. Overall I've been more than happy with what I've witnessed this season, both at home and on the road. Dont be disappointed for me Martin. We're on our way - the odd set back doesn't dampen my delight and enthusiasm. Far from it.
glensider
 

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