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A Fair Result Is The Manager's Verdict

Martin O'Neill believes that todays draw against Liverpool was a fair result for both teams.

Speaking on the official site after the match, O'Neill knows full well in terms of the standards we set ourselves in attack, today we didn't turn up.

We didn't create enough, take our chances nor could we break down a Liverpool side who seemed hesistant to try for anything other than a point. Whether this was by design, or simply given how we started the match they choose to sit back knowing we would obliterate them if given a decent shot at counter attacking I don't know.

What I do know though is that this Liverpool team are average without Gerrard, and unless they find even half the form they had last season, will struggle and nobody will fear facing them.

'I thought both sides cancelled each other out. It was tough and physically very demanding but I was delighted with the big effort we put in.

'I usually talk after games about creating chances but today I am delighted with a clean sheet. I think a draw was a fair result.

'I told the players at half-time that if we kept a clean sheet, we would go on to win the game. I didn't think, regardless of how good a side Liverpool are, that they could keep us at bay for the full 90 minutes.

'If I had one criticism, I thought we could have tried to create a little bit more. We scored six goals in two games but we found it tough today.

'All in all, it's a point on the board but I think we will have better days in front of goal.'

All that said about Liverpool, one thing is for sure about us though. If Ashley has an off day or Gabby doesn't turn up at all, we struggle.

We are crying out for a top class striker and a playmaker. If we get those and continue to click in defence and keep those all important clean sheets, we will be phenomenal.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 31 2008

Time: 8:09PM

Your Comments

FRIEDEL, L.YOUNG, LAURSEN, DAVIES OR CUELLAR, SHOREY, A.YOUNG, BARRY, SIDWELL, MILNER, GABBY AND CAREW. Surely this is our best 1st 11?
JeffBeck-TheLeftSide
Its hard to name a best 11 that includes Sidwell and Milner since we haven't seen them play as part of this team.
keithlees1978
i do NOT rate shorey ! and as for ^ maybe im not 100% sure who i would play sidwell over petrov or reo but prehaps. not happy with gabby want sum1 else in to test him !
villian?umhu
Gabby seems more concerned with getting his leg over at the moment! Poor today, at least it seemed that way on TV. Petrov getting there at last.
Madirish
Fairplay to him. Needs to be a bit more sensible with the rubbers though, if its even true that is. Need a quality striker in to get gabby sweating. Big johns quality but he cant do it all on his own. Not much quality available though, especially this late. We should have won that. Liverpool were proper awful. No shots on target. Nice to see a clean sheet though. Hokey-cokey defo MOTM
medzy
yep liverpool were poor - they set their stall out to stifle us and nick one at the other end - if torres stayed on they may have. but what a compliment - liverpool have to change the way they play to hold us back. shame we didn't play like we can.
ric112
Too much doom and gloom. Fact is we are playing a very good team in Liverpool, regardless of Benitez clearly unable to employ Benayoun and Babel as wingers to effect (they are quality) and to bounce back from a defeat to Stoke and show so much solidarity and clarity of mind not to go overboard and think we can just hammer them - well it speaks volumes. We stopped Keane, Mascherano, et al...something we couldn't do last season and considering we started this season earlier than last with loadsa players bedding in then i don't think we should be judging till Sids and Milner have had a decent run. At least ten games with everyone fit. Gabby is Gabby, the boy needs to show more early career enthusiasm again where he chases everyone and gets the pundits on Match of the Day in hysterics. It is clear that we need another striker though and Fonz aint the answer this season or next. Playmaker i disagree with...I feel that Sidwell fit with Barry will both providethe passes and some goals too.
koolbill
A compliment to our team that redscouse played so defensively, they set their stall out early and man marked, we stood a good chance of a win in this match, but they would have came out with the excuse of an understrength team blah blah, so we will just have to go to Anfield and kick their arses! Maybe Gabby won't be so knackered by then.
steff_the_villan
A point apiece was a fair result. Either side could have nicked it, but neither really deserved to. Thought that when Torres went off, we'd probably go on and win it, but we just didn't have enough about us.
glensider
Disagree with villian?umhu, Nicky Shorey is a quality left back. Give the guy time to settle in before dismissing him. He did the business at Reading, was a supporters favourite, and also made the England team. Why do we have to jump on certain individuals, when collectively Mart has put together a very talented squad? Lets be positive, back the players, help them through their bad spells.
glensider
 

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