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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!

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 14 2008

Time: 10:13PM

Your Comments

totally agree, dont think barry could be replaced, such an important player, he put the effort in
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
Need him to say something theo he can achive all he wants here things are looking up for this great club
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?
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.
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.
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.
Liverpools owners will definately not fund 18million now for a player that cannot play in the group stages of thr CL
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
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.
From where i'm sitting it looks like Barry will be staying put. On another note, I like NRC, but he frustrates me so much. He is great in the tackle but then gives the ball back! It's like he doesn't know what to do with it once he's won it. On a positive note though, I think the Fonze looks promising as do Salifou and Routledge.
I think real competitive action against City and Stoke will help MON judge where we are really weak. Will NRC and Petrov be up to it? How will Harewood do if JC is still injured? He will probably move in for 2 more players after these games, a right-sided midfielder and a striker. I can see Milner coming here but no clue on the striker. Maybe some untried foreign player? We've been there before with Savo, Angel, Balaban after all.
Surfer Dude
Good job done by our Villans in Iceland. Nice to see Barry perform like that for the club despite all the fuss of his suposed move to Liverpool (or not). Anybody knows why Carew didn't play? Is he injured?
Anyone - How did Shorey play?
shorey wasnt as solid as bouma imo, but he put crosses in which is a plus for me. he needs to work his communication with the 2 CBs, there was one time he made a meal of the ball and nearly handed FH a scoring opporunity!
YatesVillan: Carew had a slight calf strain. Good result even if the defence looked a bit shaky at times, I'm sure we'll sort that out though.
What was NRC doing? I know he wins the ball and them gives it up but he really outdid himself in that respect agaisnt the "team from Iceland" (no disrespect guys, I just can't pronounce it properly). He would win the bal and then give it straight back to them-I was very surprised he didn't get taken off. As for Barry: if he doesn't stay he must really, actually be a thick git.
Great to see Barry start, and score, and hopefully this will have ended any possibility of him moving to the redscum. Nothing to worry about in regards to shorey, its his first game and he hasnt had much pres-season, and with young to come in at RB, our defence is going to be fantastic this year. Would have liked to see routledge given a start though.
Awkward little ties these,Good job done by the lads.As for barry the whole reason he wanted to move was to play champions league football, he new the consequences if he played so that has to put a question mark on his desire to join liverpool now.But the way this whole saga has gone i have stopped drawing any conclusions.
Routledge looked great. Can't see why Milner is a better option. I suppose it's because he can tackle back. I'd put another striker as a priority, we lack a natural finisher.
Routledge looked better on the ball than Gabby. Shorey was at fault for the goal and lost his man a couple of times but with time that will improve. Did anyone see those 2 Liverpool fans in the stand? They looked very glum and God knows why they were there wearing the scouse kit.
I thought it might be a couple of Villa fans taking the p*ss Villan444. Well done everyone, we're almost through now. There were a few rowdy Villa fans in Cyprus last night (obviously I wasn't one of them;) The party went on way into the wee small hours hehe. I still want Barry to apologise, he owes the club that. And I want Alex Black to release a statement admitting that he is a **** football agent and a complete tool.
Alex black a complete tool - lol... well done boys you did us proud watched it in the Holte hotel was a good atmosphere especially when barry scored the first.

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