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Blackburn will prove a Villa handful

Martin O'Neill has spoken about Saturday's opponents Blackburn Rovers and says

'They are still in contention for a European place themselves - and that might tell you something in that they are but are only five points clear of us. But under Hughes they have done fantastically well, really well. They have the ability once they lose a couple of games to bounce back, which they have shown before. They also have the ability to go on a prolonged run and they are getting a really good spirit about them. All credit to the manager. I think he has done very, very well indeed.'

He also points out the same person as the Vital Blackburn editor Hughes Da Man did saying England Under-21 international Matt Derbyshire is the player to fear.

'He is on song, absolutely. He came into the side at the start of the FA Cup run when he scored a few goals at Luton. He came to mind and has progressed very well since then.'

O'Neill admits Blackburn will be hard to contain but Villa must focus on the second half against Everton which he describes as 'good'.

Barry added: 'We can take encouragement from the second half show against Everton going into Easter. We've got Blackburn and Wigan, two tough games, but games we can get something from. Easter is crucial. The way the results went last weekend caused us a bit of bother. Teams are creeping up from behind but a couple of good victories over this weekend means you are looking forward rather than back. You can never be too safe and until we get the points, you can't relax. But even if we get safe we need to put in good performances for the fans and show what we are going to do next season as well.'

Come on the Villa!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 6 2007

Time: 2:53PM

Your Comments

Blackburn are heading in the right direction whereas Villa seeem to have stalled in recent months!
merlin
Derbs has has an AWESOME season, even though his didn't begin until December! The guys at Vital Blackburn will testify that I've been singing this kids praises way before he was given a chance. Maybe my campaign to get him in finally reached Sparky I think LOL! Give him a sniff of a chance and he'll take it. It'll be a good game I'm sure, with a few goals.
Hughes Da Man
We could do with at least a point from this one, but I'm not over optimistic. No doubt David Dunn will enjoy playing an important role in our demise.
glensider
The title of this arttical sould be the other way round. Villa played with the hearts of lions looking for the win and hey presto what you get :) Anywho your stil safe blackburn and now we are also .... thanks guys.
Mutt_Man
3 points magic result.
col8
I know the guy has only recently signed a new long term deal at Ewood Park, but I wonder what the possibilities are of us tempting David Bentley to B6?
glensider
 

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