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O'Neill disappointed with defence (AUDIO)

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A disappointing result for Aston Villa after losing out to Stoke City in their first away game of the season. Spirits were high after overcoming Manchester City with relative ease last time out, however a fortunate last gasp goal prevented Martin O'Neill's men from taking anything from the game.

After John Carew and Martin Laursen had responded to Liam Lawrence's penalty and Ricardo Fuller's strike, frustration was evident from the Irishman for failing to cope with Stoke's final long throw of the game as Mamady Sidibe scored for the home side with a somewhat fortuitous header in injury time.

O'Neill felt the team merited a share of the spoils but admitted it will take time for a set pattern of play to emerge with a number of new faces at Villa Park this season.




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Writer: Lee Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 25 2008

Time: 2:42AM

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I still think we'd be better off getting rid of barry, I don't think is mind is on the game, he's to busy thinking of pastures new, we should cash in now, and get someone in who whats to play for the villa, this whole debacle has upset the flow of pre-season, and now seems to be spilling over in to the league, to be honest I don't think I can fully trust him again, however well he plays, I will always think he's not giving 110%, I also think the rest of the lads would be better of if he went, I know one thing I'd be well *****ed off if some bloke at my works was on double what i was earning, causing the problems he as, and then the boss paid him even more to keep him there. 4uck that get rid!
eltoro
Replying to Eltoro. I agree with you in principle. Barry cost us at least one goal against Stoke, and didn't really put anything into the game either. But now we would struggle to get 10M for him because he is Uefa Cup tied. I think we must keep him at least until Christmas. Then his price will go up again, and we will have had time and will have the money to try to replace him.
villa_de
We were poor at the back, no arguments from me on that score, and I include Brad Friedel in that damnation. You defend from the front though, and we were way below par throughout the team. Individually our back four are qual;ity individuals, but as a unit, they are just not together yet. We have to tighten up considerably, no doubt about it, five goals conceded in two games against the likes of Stoke City and a Manchester City team missing its key strikers, does not make good reading at all.
glensider
I know where you're coming from eltoro, and you make some very valid points, but I cant see how this late in the transfer window, we can afford to let Barry go. We're way short on numbers now, aren't where we needed to be following another summer of wasted opportunities in the transfer market, and the departure of Barry would leave another huge hole in this squad.
glensider
 

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