Writer: Mike Field
Date:Friday October 24 2008
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.
Date:Friday October 24 2008
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