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O'Neill Feared The Worst

Martin O'Neill said: 'I feared all our hard work was going to be for nothing' before Gabriel Agbonlahor slotted home the equaliser. Poor lad, I'd thought the players had fallen out with him, he spent the whole night on the wing only to see the ball constantly played the opposite side of the pitch!

The Villa boss added after the 1-1 draw

'We definitely got what we deserved in the end. In the first-half we were very poor. We were nervous and unable to hold onto the ball. In the second-half, I thought considering we could have been dead and buried at half-time, we came roaring back and deserved something. The crowd realised that and were lifted by a number of second-half chances. That galvanised us and, though I feared we might not get the goal, we did and it was the least we deserved.'
Adding on 'The second-half was terrific, but we've got to look at ourselves for what was a very, very poor first-half. We were tentative and edgy. At this stage of the season we're just looking to get those points for safety. A win tonight would have put us 11th in the league, but in the end at least we took a point from the game. If Gabby's goal had come earlier, who knows? I still thought once we got the goal that we might go on and win it. I think Everton sensed that as well, but we never really got enough possession after that.'

Can't wait to get this season over with, just play the last few games and off we skip into a spending spree summer, we can't have any more seasons like this, the one before, the one before, the one before......

Anyone else fancy doing a match report? Come on, lets have a different opinion!? Will check my mail box in the morning, if not it will be the usual JF ramble, and we don't want that do we? (Link to my email address in editor details as above)

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday April 2 2007
Time: 11:17PM


don't understand why Villa can only ever play for 45 mins in any match?
The Fear
02/04/2007 23:20:00
neither can i understand why we can either... if we came our 2nd half we would of trounsed it, how that pen wasn't given... ffs
02/04/2007 23:24:00
why did it take [b]one[/b] player to make villa pass the ball on the ground. No good crying about spilt milk after the fact evertonMike. We all have to suffer it.
02/04/2007 23:48:00
i accept we were dire second half, but should of been 2-0 up by HT. We needed them 2 points, which we lost because neville and osman are championship players at best.
03/04/2007 00:02:00
Honours even, but Villa could have had all three points if they played in both 45 mins of the game.
03/04/2007 00:30:00
Whatever was said at half time worked...and i think the turning point was taking McCann off. He gave away a needless free-kick and did nothing. I wont blame any particular player but seriously it is evident that McCann and Petrov are not effective together. The second half change saw Barry move into the middle of the field whilst Petrov played a fantastic role in helping the full-backs and driving us forward. Berger must start the next few games and i hope with McCann now suspended, we can re-shape for the season run-in. I would also not start Ashley Young and i preferred what i saw from Maloney. It's time perhaps that we saw Luke Moore back too. Me thinks 42 points will be needed this season and a point from every game will just about see us through. Unfortunately, this will be another very dissapointing season for us......
03/04/2007 06:38:00
The Manager has got the story of the game spot-on once again but the problem is that he isn`t rectifying them,McCann and Cahill had mares so replace them for next game? Set pieces are a joke both ends of the pitch so why doesn`t he shake up the team now and again,on the positive side he sorted them out at half-time and Maloney/Berger made a difference but it`s PAINFUL !!!!
03/04/2007 07:04:00
Well maybe it has something to do with MON should have picked the team that played in the second half from the start!!
03/04/2007 07:56:00
Maybe the players wont pass the ball to Gabby on the wing coz they know full well he'll lose the ******** thing if they do!!!
03/04/2007 08:31:00
Laursen, Maloney, and Berger start for me next game. We will get an hour out of Berger at best but he can be so influential its scary. Maloney looked superb last night and I cant wait to see more of him. I am still unsure of what Davis has to do to get on the pitch, but with Blackburn and Wigan a day apart I am sure we will see him next wk end. Also Moore has to be involved.
03/04/2007 08:38:00
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