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Manager's Verdict

We cleaned up against Ajax. Good win, decent performance, household cleaners have nothing on us.

Sad joke I know, and Martin O'Neill has more taste than to make that sort of jibe, but hey this is me....sod it.

Speaking on the official site after the match our manager delighted himself in our win and didn't really have a bad word to say against anyone.

Our team, Ajax, the fans and most surprisingly the complete fool who was in charge of the match.

'I am absolutely delighted. I was told before the game that the atmosphere would be fantastic and it was.

'The onus was on us to perform which I think we did. We deserved to win.

'There were some great performances in the side too. Gabby was sensational and Gareth was fantastic and Stiliyan too. But you could go through the team.

'Overall, I thought the tempo - particularly after half-time - was excellent.

'I thought there were little periods after they equalised where they had good possession of the ball and we dropped a bit too deep. We rectified that in the second half.

'We started to press them a bit higher up the pitch and that did the trick and we won the game - and deservedly so.

'We knew they would be a good passing side having seen the DVD's beforehand.

'Ajax can play - so it was a big win for us. People think that because they are not top of the league that they are not a good side. On their day, their passing capabilities are good enough for the Champions League.

'But we must remember we have some fantastic players in our side too.'

One of the more boring after match verdicts I feel.

But who cares.

We won a game we were all worrying about, we all wondered if we would turn up and if we didn't, get passed to death.

Let's enjoy the victory, let's enjoy taking a good scalp tonight.

Villa v Ajax, it takes a fan to bet on those odds. And tonight the fans won.

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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 24 2008

Time: 12:05AM

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Anyone know where Carew was? I was surprised he didn't play. Thought we had no injuries. He didn't do an interview with Talksport did he. Sorry, that was Bentley. LOL
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24/10/2008 07:28:00

Apparently Carew was feeling ill. I was a bit dissapointed with Milner. He had the moves but gave to ball away too many times. Gabby was excellent on his own upfront. Cueller & Laursen looked good together. I is a very happy villan.
Mister Mick
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24/10/2008 08:11:00

Carew is suffering from fatigue, poor dear. Fatigue! How many games have we had? What will he be suffering from in March?
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24/10/2008 08:17:00

19 matches to reach the final of the UEFA Cup thats 19 on top of the seven we have already played,,,, whats the odds on Carew being fatigued if we reached the final.......
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24/10/2008 09:02:00

How is Gabby!?
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24/10/2008 09:18:00

What have Newcastle done to Milner??? He's half the player he was last time he was with us. Laursen won every ball in the air and Luke Young was immense and as good as anyone on the pitch.
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24/10/2008 10:05:00

Decent performance that, with a stronger forward line I think we could have buried them. I'm suprised how dodgy they looked at the back. I thought our two full backs worked really hard last night, fair play to them. According to the radio last night Carew was out as he was ill.
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24/10/2008 10:12:00

Relax,Milner is a young lad he has never been in a game that big before,
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24/10/2008 10:27:00

We all know what milner can do,just let him settle in,As far as the game is concerned it was thrilling just to have a fixture like that again after so long out of europe,So to win it was brilliant and the experiece would have done the younger lads the world of good.Well done martin and the lads.
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24/10/2008 10:29:00

Milner was good 2nd half I thought, particularly at the end when we needed an outlet. He should have had a penno too. Looking at Spurs earlier in the evening, that's what they were badly misssing, the likes of young Ashley and James to take the bull by the horns. Bentley and Jenas my arse
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24/10/2008 10:57:00

A good result boys!!!! Well done for flying the flag last night.....which is more than i can say for Spurs and Pompy!!!!!
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24/10/2008 11:32:00

I tell you what, I do wonder how many teams win against a really good side in a European match, then get their fans having a go at their own players the next day?! Incredible. As far as Carew is concerned, I understand he was ill. Can you imagine a player like him not wanting to play in a match like last night's? And can you seriously imagine MON letting him 'have a rest' FFS? As for James Milner, he is a young player who has just moved teams. Time and time again players move and it takes MONTHS to settle. When will we all stop expecting miracles - do so many people really believe in Roy of the Rovers???
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24/10/2008 12:04:00

Well said, Bob. Couldn't agree more.
Oulu Villan (Fin)
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24/10/2008 12:25:00

barry back to his best last night. not had a performance like that from him yet this season, controlled the game throughout.
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24/10/2008 13:04:00

I have every faith in Milner coming good. He needs a good run in the side and to get his confidence. He seemed reluctant at times to run their defense, but he will get that in time. He showed some great skill at times, particularly inthe corner second half when he skipped between two defenders. Great result, solid performence, great night. Bring on Hamburg!!
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24/10/2008 13:36:00

well pleased with last night, especially knowing that Hamburg had already taken 3 points before we even kicked off, meaning we had to match that, and we deserved to. Ajax passed it around very nicely for the first 5 mins, but to score early and then with the last kick of the half as well, was brilliant. Milner will improve with time, already last night was a good deal better overall than the nervous 90 mins against pompey last saturday where he couldn't play a pass without a very heavy touch, but it's down to him wanting to do so well when he gets his chance in the team, but needing to relax & play the way we all know he can.
behind the dugout
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24/10/2008 17:12:00

Shorey overlapping Young, absolutely bought back memories of Nelson and Charles...bloody brilliant, told you he'd come good and in half the time i said he would...great game Nicky!
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24/10/2008 18:52:00

Great win on thrusday night . but lets keep our eyes on the main prize the prem.lets hope villa turn up on sunday to play and not think they did there weeks work on thursday as one point out of nine is not great
one match ban
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24/10/2008 22:49:00

Oops. Was Carew out on the lash? I hope not:
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25/10/2008 08:38:00

Very good collective team performance. All played their part, on top of some very impressive individual offerings, with certain players at the top of their game.
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25/10/2008 21:59:00

All Hail MON. The guy has taken us back into europe, allowing us to enjoy great nights/results like this. When he arrived at the club we were a million miles away from times like this.
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