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Bye Bye Blackburn

Martin O'Neill has called this the best win of the season? I don't have favourites, I love them all.

Not for the first time since O'Neill arrived we have battled back from being behind, and more importantly it seems a shallow first 45 or the loss of a goal actually helps us focus and perform.

Speaking on the official site, before he heads off for a night out after John Carew's advice......joke......he said:

'I told the players after the game that I thought it was the best win of the season so far.

'We were substandard for most of the game. We just didn't have the energy. It seemed that the third game in less than a week caught up with us.

'But we picked up three points and I couldn't be more pleased. It was a fantastic win considering we have played much, much better. Our stickability was brilliant tonight.

'In terms of effort, you can never fault the side. Our passing was poor but we stuck at it and won.

'They say that the mark of a successful side is grinding out a win when you're not playing well and that's exactly what we did. But I wouldn't want to play as poorly again.

'Regardless of how we played overall, I always thought we were a threat.

'When Blackburn pushed forward for an equaliser when it was 2-1 I thought we might pull something out of the hat and that's what we did with Gabby's great goal.

'Simply put, we won a game when we were far from our best.'

MON never fails to be truthful when it's obvious to everyone, yes the tiredness is probably slowly getting the players. I don't believe for a second that is physical tiredness though, mental maybe.

A good side copes with that and bounces back and I never thought I'd see the wee man say 'stickability'. Next you know he'll be quoted as saying 'bouncebackability' and that 'we posted the envelope' or something else equally as buzzwordy and stupid but sometimes they justify themselves.

Stickability tonight is probably right. We weren't great, our players will struggle with our schedule, they are FIT, but they ain't use to this.

For too long Villa players have been happy to pick up their 20 grand a week or whatever, turn up for 4 hours of training a day and play one match a week. Those days are over.

And it will take time for them to adjust to the fitness we now need. The mental fitness, the fitness that comes with earning your money by playing more than once a week and having the commitment to not be a jack the lad, or go on the piss to relax.....the commitment that comes from NOT going on the piss to relax.

This is new to most of our team and they should be allowed cockups because of that. Tonight we cocked up, but yet again, we battled to a win.

What more could you want? We will never be beautiful all of the time. Years ago we weren't and we lost points.

How nice is it to be ugly and crap but get points.

I'd take that everynow and then, would you?




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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 29 2008

Time: 11:26PM

Your Comments

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los_angeles_villan
I wouldn't agree with it being the best win but probably yes, one of the most important! Well in Villa keep it up. It's good to see us up there with the 'elite' (and hull)! 6 more points from up north and we're well on our way! UTV
MattUTV
Yep, i'll take 4th & level on points with Arsenal any day of the week! Thanks for coming.
YatesyVillain
Hahahah... Mon and VV's comments remind of that classic Ian Holloway interview when he was at QPR. 'If a win is a bird then this was an ugly bird... but, I'd still take her home!'
Rawlie
At the beginning of the season everyone was saying that Liverpool were grinding out points and not playing well. We are now a thrid way into the season, Liverpool are still surposedly not playing well, and still top! Maybe this is a sign of our growing maturity like MON says, not playing our best, but still taking all three points! I hope come the end of the season, everyone is saying we are not playing well, but we are still in the top 4!
villa_de
any win is a good win.......
lincolnblue
Beating teams like Blackburn rather than getting the draw makes all the difference at the end of the season
Gixerstu
Isnt it excellent to have Milner! I was pleased with hoe well Nige did on the right but a natural winger with a few tricks and can cross is adding to our game
NorthcliffeBandit
Also i enjoyed just before the third goal barry hid behind the ref then jumped out to suprise and tackled andrews. Twas a shrewd maneuvre
NorthcliffeBandit
Coming from behind,Winning and scoring 3 when not playing well is the sign of a really good team.
lerneravfc
Anyone watch the North London Derby last night? what then hell did you make of that from a neutrual point of view lol
DazzaTHFC
cant be neutral dazza, my mrs is a gooner. so she's really hacked off but i'm very secretly a happy man! if were going to replace anyone in the top 4 then it'll be arsenal. then i wont be getting any!
bobbyfett
A worthwhile sacrifice if you ask me Bobbyfett lol
DazzaTHFC
its the opposite of 'taking one for the team'!!
bobbyfett
a sign of a good team playing so badly and still hammering out the result we needed. milner was class.
Stig
Who is this "kendog" who is sullying VitalVilla? It might be a good idea if he had developed even a basic understanding of correct spelling and grammar before spouting his noxious nonsense.
BBJ
Clear off Dazza, I know that you guys are excited etc. for not getting hammered week in week out now and good luck and all that but you must know another Spuz fan to talk to. We don't like 'Arry round these parts anyways so its not the time or place.
Villan444
We didn't play well, yet we still win and collect the three points. Not so long ago a below par performance would have resulted in a reversal, so I think its reasonably safe to say that we're on the right track.
glensider
A tough month ahead though in the shape of November, some very tricky games, on both premiership and UEFA Cup fronts. Wouldn't think we could afford too many repeat below par performances, not if we want to remain in contention in both competitions.
glensider
 

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