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Post Match Reactions On The Result & Barry

Post Match Reactions On The Result & Barry

Following the 4-1 Villa win tonight against FH Hafnarfjordur, a happy Martin O'Neill told the official site:

'That's a very satisfactory outcome for us. I was concerned about the game beforehand, much as I was against Odense. But we're fitter now and you could see that. We got the early goal, Gareth Barry was an absolute delight and we played particularly well going forwards. We had a few problems defensively but overall I was really satisfied. Obviously we're in a very strong position now and we'll hope to see the tie through.'

The game is surely out of sight for Hafner, Hafnar, errrm, Haff... or sod it, for the Icelandic team now?!

The goals from Ashley Young and Gabby Agbonlahor were top class and the lads are one step closer to full match fitness as the season starts.

MON admitted at times we were 'lax' and that they deserved their goal adding, 'In the second-half the important thing was not to concede again and maybe add to our tally. That's exactly what happened.'

He went on to talk about Gareth Barry who has had an interesting summer to say the least! The Villa boss told 'I spoke to him beforehand and he wanted to play. He knew the consequences of playing, just in case anything might happen in the next couple of weeks. But I think he wants to get mentally focussed now about the season. It's a big, big season for him. He did fantastically well last year and got himself into the England squad and played exceptionally well. He doesn't want to throw that away by not being fit for the start of the season.'

As MON says, Gareth Barry was superb tonight, the bloke - despite the summer problems - is quality, would rather him in our team than our competitors that is for sure.

Vital Villa asked before the match:

Would you play Barry in Uefa Cup game?

You betcha, 100% yes (92%)
Begrudgingly yes (4%)
Not in a month of Sunday's (2%)
I wouldn't but back MON's decision (2%)

Our current poll asks for your man of the match votes.

End of saga? In football you never know, but lets hope so!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday August 14 2008
Time: 10:13PM


totally agree, dont think barry could be replaced, such an important player, he put the effort in
14/08/2008 22:26:00
Barry was swamped by his team-mates when he scored. If he doesn't realise where he belongs now, he never will. Let's hope he does the sensible thing. Gratifying that Capello chose to travel to Iceland rather than take a trip to Manchester to watch the other EPL team in UEFA action - what was the score there again..? (Seriously though, I'm sure City will pull it back in the away leg when they're up to strength.)
Athens Villa
14/08/2008 22:36:00
Need him to say something theo he can achive all he wants here things are looking up for this great club
14/08/2008 22:37:00
we need him to stay he is very important for villa, he didnt take the option to be interviewed by channel 5 .... is he still harbouring a move?
14/08/2008 22:42:00
Good result, job done, now we can focus on the Premier League, and Manchester City in particular. Pity we dont have the luxury of being able to play another friendly or two before the serious stuff gets underway, give the opportunity to all MON's new signings to get to know one another under match conditions.
14/08/2008 22:47:00
Very good question krisvilla. We dont really know the answer to that one do we? I'd like to think that he's taken a big step towards staying at B6, but sadly I'm still not convinced.
14/08/2008 22:50:00
Good performance by Barry again, he really is quality. Was quite surprised that he was willing to play, despite knowing he wouldnt be eligible for the group stages of the CL. I understand he wants to play Champions League, but surely he can see tht Villa are moving in the right direction and can achieve CL football at Villa.
14/08/2008 22:53:00
Liverpools owners will definately not fund £18million now for a player that cannot play in the group stages of thr CL
14/08/2008 22:55:00
If I remember rightly didn't Yorke leave after the first match of the season? He was supposed to be going to United in the summer but the move didn't happen until things got under way.
Surfer Dude
14/08/2008 22:57:00
after watching lpool the other night, i'm no expert but they need wingers... barry is not a plyer they need. I hope he stays.
14/08/2008 23:09:00
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