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Anything But Easy - Lovech Verdict

Anything But Easy - Lovech Verdict

Martin O'Neill has pulled no punches in his after match verdict tonight, after seeing Villa take all the luck in the world to beat Litex Lovech earlier.

I'm sure those who travelled enjoyed their time, the fun and beer far more than the match, which to be honest was dire.

Well, dire probably doesn't do it justice, but speaking on the official site O'Neill stated that Reo-Coker's goal was the turning point in the match, and yes it was. At no point did we really look like we would lose the match, but more worryingly at no point did we look like we would win it either.

As the first half progressed, it did look more and more like we would scrape a draw and that would be our lot for the away leg.

'It was anything but easy. It took us a long time to settle down - a lot longer than we had hoped.

'But Nigel's goal just before half-time changed the complexion of the game. That was so important and it was an away goal.

'We won convincingly but it was very difficult.

'Their chance before half-time was vital. They missed and the next minute Nigel equalised for us. But I always felt the away goal was the most important thing.

'As it turns out, things worked in our favour with their two sendings-off. It was comfortable after that. And I was pleased we got the cushion of a third.'

The two sendings off gave us the chance to save some face to be honest. Litex played good football and Tom - Wellington whatever you call him, looked a very useful player.

All they lacked really was the killer finish, when they attacked you didn't think it would end in a goal, so we were never really in danger.

But when we attacked - well today proved how much we miss both Carew and Ashley Young. Gabby cannot play the lone striker role and although he would've looked better had he actually chased for the ball rather than standing there, I still think the headless chicken at speed routine would've made us any more dangerous either.

It just would have looked better, and looked less like he wasn't interested.

'We have put ourselves in a good position but as we have proved in the recent past, nothing is ever simple.

'I am also really happy for the fans who came out to cheer us on. We appreciate their support.'

Oh well, all in all, 3 away goals, tidy second leg at Villa Park but nobody should hide from what was an amatuerish tinpot performance.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Thursday September 18 2008
Time: 6:45PM


sounds like it was a good job I didn't book the afternoon off to watch this! It was hard enough constantly pressing F5 on the bbc text commentary page! Anyway a great result in the end I guess and we move on
18/09/2008 19:04:00
you made a bit of a meal of that until they lost two to red cards - but you shoul b e safe with a two goal advantage!
18/09/2008 19:43:00
Yea if Liverpool go public and state they are happy to "win ugly" the press and pundits accept this as a good ethics win at all cost, maybe we should stop expecting free flowing football and also accept its good to win ugly now and again.
18/09/2008 19:44:00
That win was so ugly it's makes my mrs look like Kelly Brook - and my mrs has got a face like a bag of busted Mackie bottles.....
18/09/2008 19:54:00
We certainly had the run of the ball against a spirited team. Could have been 2-0 down just before Nige levelled matters at 1-1 on the stroke of half time, but you need a little bit of good fortune on your side if you're to progress in any knock out tournament, let alone european club competition. A job well done as far as I'm concerned, and two away victories, important ones at that, in the space of four days, is nothing to complain about.
18/09/2008 20:55:00
How did this link to the goals find its way onto my message?? Weird - - Can't beat a bit of euro dance
18/09/2008 20:56:00
We certainly missed JC and Ash, I dont think that anyone could dispute that, but there's very few teams out there who wouldn't miss players of their calibre. Clearly another quality striker is needed at the club come January, if at all possible, but MON will be well aware of that fact, and will no doubt pull out all the stops in an effort to rectify the failing.
18/09/2008 20:58:00
2006dryden, Respcet fella, considering that win of yous...I used to be married to someone that what was probably her sister.....or her sisters goat....but you lot should find comfort in the small fact that a win is a win is a win....well done fellas.
Blue is the colour
18/09/2008 22:24:00
sorry to be a bit negative because every thing has been great this year, its just that you mentioned something in the article that really annoys me. Gabby absolutly ****s me up the wall the way he doesn't close down in the forward line and just stands there and lets the other team play the ball out. I mean he doesn't even have to put a tackle in, he just has to slow the play down sometimes and allow our midfield to get back into position. He is such a lazy forward, and i'm probably reading into this a bit to much but, he come across on the pitch as being completly up himself and not much of a team player.
18/09/2008 22:45:00
I totally agree with liamo1981 about Agbonlahor. The game certinly showed his limitations, without someone like Big John to hold the ball up and lay it off for him he is not even half a competnent striker. I think a quality striker is now a top priority in January, if we can get one, otherwise give Delfouneso a chance. Gabby has got to get his act together big time and get his thinking out of his trousers if he wants to be other than a talented failure. This season is crunch time for him. Latent talent is no longer enough for success in the Premior League, ask Stan Collymore about that one,
18/09/2008 23:08:00
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