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Manager Pays Tribute To Villa Stars

Martin O'Neill seems happier than a Gold in mud at the moment, not content with caring and battling our way to a win against Ajax, we were outstanding against Wigan.

Speaking on the official site after the thumping 0-4 away victory at the JJB, O'Neill had to single out Gabby Agbonlahor for a 'faultless' performance yet again.

'I thought we were fantastic today.

'We had great energy, great determination - in fact, great everything.

'I was very concerned about the game beforehand after our efforts on Thursday night. But it couldn't have worked out better for us.

'The players were brilliant, absolutely brilliant and I couldn't be more pleased.

'There are many points in any game where you think 'that was a major factor' and one of them today, in my opinion, was when Brad made a great save when we were 3-0 up.

'If we had conceded at that point with some time left in the game, anything could have happened.

'But we are so capable when going forward - particularly when a game opens up.

'We have the players to attack sides and cause loads of problems.'

We certainly do have the players and given Gabby's 'never say die' performance on Thursday I'm sure many fans would've forgiven him for being a little less than sparky today, however the opposite was true. The goal he grabbed probably makes this a better performance for him, than the one he put in against Ajax.

O'Neill continued:

'Gabby was absolutely fantastic, from start to finish. He continued the form he showed on Thursday.

'It was top quality centre-forward play - he was faultless. I am delighted he got the goal because he definitely deserved it.'

Commenting on the Gareth Barry injury and forced substitution, O'Neill said:

'I am hoping he will be ok. He said if there hadn't been a half-time interval, he would have been able to continue on.

'When we iced it up in the dressing room at the break, it became swollen and uncomfortable. We will see how he feels in the morning.'




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 26 2008

Time: 7:35PM

Your Comments

Gabby has got to take the praise. Playing with a gash on his leg, he was quality on his own up front and was also excellent against Ajax. Carew gets the praise normally and it may be rightly so but some areas are keen to complain about Gabby either looking lazy or not being that technically good but he is getting better every week and keeps coming up with the goods.
Villan444
i notice you keep referring to Thursdays game but dont see why? a major European game for the first time in years and a prem game against a weak side dont really compare to be fair but we were the better team in both without doubt
Astonian Villan
Refer to Thursdays game as it was the last game we played... a rererence point... he refered to it once.....
col8
a reference point my backside
Astonian Villan
No a reference point for explaining I thought Gabby would have an off day today. He didn't, he built on his Ajax performance, not your backside. Wouldn't have made much sense if I'd have referenced Man City in the sense of building on a run of form afterall.
mike_field
Astonian Villian arnt you happy that despite playing a 'weak side' in Wigan, that we have showed that we can, One, beat two teams within the space of 3 days and that, Two, we now have options in that we have two formations that we can play 4-3-3 and 4-4-2 well at which gives us options against team with different styles of play and lets us rest players that are tired or injured. I for one have been very encouraged by our adaptability this week and especially after the defeat to Chelsea which could of so ruined moral. Well done boys - long may it continue.
tvrwhitey
you looked like a very good team against Wigan.......
lincolnblue
I don't consider Wigan to be week opposition, they've looked alright for a while to me. I was fully expecting an upset yesterday so well done the boys. UTV
PTP
One mighty proud manager, and rightly so. Two very impressive victories in the space of three days, things are looking good. Gabby was outstanding, while there were impressive stints again from other individuals. Overall though, another complete team performance, certainly bodes well for the long, hard winter ahead.
glensider
Hopefully Gareth will be o.k., if not for Blackburn on Wednesday evening, then definitely for Newcastle on Monday of next week. It looked a nasty injury initially, but looks now as if its not as bad as first feared.
glensider
 

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