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Commitment and Determination - O'Neill Speaks

Martin O'Neill has praised the commitment and the determination of the squad to come from behind against Sunderland today.

After Wednesday's cock up, today could've been the proverbial banana skin for our league campaign as Sunderland certainly aren't pushovers, and they didn't make it easy for us today.

But the squad were out to prove a point, and boy did we make one.

Speaking on the official site, Martin O'Neill said:

'I am delighted with the third successive league win because Premier League points are hard to come by.

'It was a great effort by the players. I thought we might tire as the game wore on, as was the case, but it was good to have something to hold on to. Sunderland pressed at the death but it was good to see it through.

'Ashley scored an absolutely fantastic goal and John continued his good form with a great finish. I couldn't be more pleased for the lads because they have showed an enormous amount of determination to fight back in the game.

'We seem to be getting into the habit of winning close games, which is very encouraging.

'The team have been playing so, so well but if I was to pick anyone out this afternoon, it would be Stiliyan. I thought he was absolutely outstanding.

'I heard the announcement at the end of the game that he was man of the match. I certainly wouldn't disagree with that.'

As many have commented, included myself, it was so nice to see a tactical sub used to wear down the clock, as well as our team purposefully holding the ball and playing it into the corners in the final minutes of the match.

This has been something that has been lacking for a while at Villa, clever, albeit boring play. We have a hectic schedule, sadly lightening by the exit from the Carling Cup, but players will tire.

The sensible clubs get the win, then play the clock. Today we did that, we kept it tight and we used our heads.

More of the same and we'll all be celebrating come the end of the season.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 27 2008

Time: 10:24PM

Your Comments

O`neill is my god,I worship at his altar.Seriously i am so glad we have martin o`neill as our manager,If he would have taken the newcastle or spurs job and was doing what he is doing here there, we would all be envious.
lerneravfc
"albeit boring play." We were "boring" for the 4 minutes of added time. Which funnily enough coincided with Big JC going off. A superb tactical move which left the players no one to cross to. Therefore they didn't cross it. Simple but hugely effective. I'll happily settle for 4 minutes of winding the clock down if it means 3 points every week. Could. Not. Be. Happier.
Adam Deuce
Its about time that we mastered the art of keeping the ball and winding down the clock. All too often in recent seasons we've given away costly late, late goals, that have turned wins into draws, and draws into defeat. I also agree with MON, in that its very good to see that we have the ability of winning the tight games, the type of games where in recent campaigns we'd have ended up the losers. That is no longer the case.
glensider
The days also appear to have gone, where we'd have gone a goal behind, heads dropped, and we lacked the ability, drive or determination, to come back and turn the game on its head. We're looking good.
glensider
3rd in the table, not much to complain about there.
Red Wimp
 

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