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A Glorious Day, We Weren't Arse

Martin O'Neill must lie awake at night wondering how we can tonk Arsenal 2-0 yet struggle against Newcastle and Boro. But for today, we can all enjoy the win.

I'd have been perfectly happy with a point, but to take all 3 points, even against a poor Arsenal side is something special.

Today, I'll let Martin speak for himself without going off on one of my normal tangents. Suffice to say, I was hoping for 2 points minimum from Arse and Man U. We are already a point ahead of that so if we can battle out a point against Man U then the doom from Newkie and Boro will be definitely in the past....of course assuming we don't then bugger it against Fulham.

Speaking on the official site, a delighted manager said:

'I thought the team were absolutely brilliant.

'We took the game to them and it was a true masterclass in all areas.

'We were brilliant - the whole team were fantastic. It was a really sensational performance.

'Gabby took his goal brilliantly - but it was his overall play that impressed me most. He bought people into the game and it was a top class centre-forward performance.

'He was important for the opening goal too. If he didn't go in to head the ball, Clichy would have cleared easily.

'It was a great, great win.

'We were disappointed with the last two performances. We should have put Newcastle away in the first half at St James Park and it was similar this afternoon. But here, we galvanised ourselves for the second half.

'It was an incredible performance from start to finish. It was a performance to savour and to be proud of.

'Anyone who is a Villa fan should be delighted with the whole team tonight.'

I have to this the start of us playing for 90 minutes I wonder? I certainly hope so.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 15 2008

Time: 7:38PM

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Weird game, innit? Losing to Midlesborough at home, but winning at the Emirates - I'm just glad I'm not a betting man! A good night to be villa fan. Any suggestions as to why GB didn't take the pen?
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15/11/2008 20:15:00

well done lads anyone who wipes the smile off Wengers face is all right by me!
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15/11/2008 20:17:00

I'm sure they said in commentary that Barry was off the pitch at the time, so that would explain it.
The Fear
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15/11/2008 20:19:00

Someone, not so far away from me, reckoned that the Barry link to the Arse this week may have played its part....? Having not heard the commentry Mr Fear, I certainly hope your understanding is closer to the truth than my mates is!!!!
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15/11/2008 20:33:00

Looking forward to MOTD again!
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15/11/2008 21:57:00

I miss the start of MOTD and for once we're first!! Le Arse indeed.
Adam Deuce
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15/11/2008 23:21:00

well done,great display,more performances like this and less like newcastle last week and you'll have the Arse's champions league place for sure!2-0,and it probably should have been more,well done again!!
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16/11/2008 02:07:00

You boys are looking tight this year (on today's showing anyway). If you want the CL spot you've got to find consistency though. Out of all the 'chasing pack' you're making the early headway and performances like this will only add to your confidence. Incidentally, I know as a Liverpool fan I wouldn't get the sort of reception I would have pre 'Barrygate', but just to ask quickly, are you lads happy with the way things turned out in the summer? Alonso is in the form of his life and you can't blame us for being thankful for keeping him (therefore not getting Barry), and your team is looking useful (again, need more consistency) so maybe what happened in the summer was for the best after all? :p
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16/11/2008 03:00:00

I can't figure out who I want to give MOTM too. Agbonlahor hit the headlines but Sidwell worked his socks off and broke up play constantly. I'm going to go for Sidders for picking himself up after last weeks howler. Great display from all the boys (besides Milner, wasn't too pleased with him)
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16/11/2008 03:13:00

What a great weekend - wins all around for the Premiership's big four! :P
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16/11/2008 04:00:00

excellent win must be made up with that.......all you have to do now is find some consistancey....and you will be really going places !!!
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16/11/2008 08:43:00

I was at the Emirates stadium y'day (absolutely fantastic stadium) but unfortunately not with the travelling Villans in the away section. I was lucky enough to be sat dead centre in the balcony section behind the goal that both Villa goals smashed the back of the net. I've got to say that was one of the best Villa games i've ever been to home or away a truly brilliant performance. It was interesting to be sat where I was in effectively the Arsenal end to hear them whinging and wining every time a Claret and Blue shirt got remotely close to a red shirt. Seriously it was proper hounding of the ref. Villa fans looked and sounded awesome from where we were and good to see a few checky Villa fans in the Arsenal end below us at the end!!! If you go on the Villa website and watch 'Gabby and Gaffer Arsenal reaction' were the idiots you can hear chating MON MON when the ground is empty and O'Neil stops mid interview and waves to us. Hilarious!
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16/11/2008 10:02:00

oh and that back line with terry butcher was rock solid no way was that gonna be breached
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16/11/2008 10:07:00

lol terry butcher. btw, after watching the highlight i feel that ReoCoker will have a hard time getting into the first 11 again. Sidders was awesome. he added something different to the Villa midfield, he made the runs.
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16/11/2008 17:45:00

Could not agree more with the Sidwell comments - he really got forward in support of Gabby in the Lampard-type role. I REALLY had my doubts about Gabby this season but he is superb in the lone role up front. I thought we would not be attacking enough but Milner, Young, Sidwell and Barry in support mean that we definitley are. There definatley is a place for Carew in the XI but without him we also look good. SOmething I did not think I would be saying this year - that is certainly VITAL until January when we can make a move for a striker - Benjani??
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17/11/2008 15:46:00

A great day indeed. Down the road, those of us who made the trip down to north London, will look back and proudly proclaim, we were honoured to be there.
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17/11/2008 18:21:00

Every Villan a hero, every one played his part, from MON who got the team selection spot-on, to each individual player, who gave his all, and made the travelling Brummies proud.
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17/11/2008 18:23:00


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