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Martin O'Neill - We Paid The Price

Wrong again, well 81% were wrong in our prediction poll. They all said we'd win. 6% predicted a loss and the remaining 13% got it bang on the money predicting a draw.

Martin O'Neill said about the low quality but incident filled game

'We paid the price for failing to convert our chances.' adding 'We should have won that. Wigan didn't buckle and that's credit to them. We had a number of chances to have won the game in the second-half and we spurned them. No matter how much possession you have, and we had plenty, if you can't finish you are going to find it a wee bit more difficult. I know they had a player sent-off, but they defender stoutly.'

Amazingly, according to the stats from the official site, the possession was 50/50.

O'Neill added: 'I've seen it back briefly and I've definitely seen referees give them. I thought initially Thomas was certainly held and pulled down. I think there was contact to begin with, but he seemed to let go as a moment which may give the referee breathing space. It happened, it was a goal and we can't do anything about it. To equalise so early in the second-half, I thought that would be the platform for us to go on and win the game. We were in the ascendancy and had attack after attack, but the winner would not come. We had a few moments after the equaliser. I thought Olof Mellberg's header looked very, very close to being over the line as well and Ashley Young had the header. I thought the goal was going to come, but it didn't.'

'If you'd said to me before Easter we'd collect four points, I probably would have taken that. But having won so well at Blackburn, a victory today might have moved us into the top ten. That was the disappointment - not converting the chances into goals.'

Villa are now 14th with 39 points leaving us 8 points clear of 18th placed Sheffield United (31 points if you aren't any good at maths).




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 9 2007

Time: 6:37PM

Your Comments

god they really really iss me off at times they can never do it can they ughhh
Christo
threw away 3 points there in my book. If anyone thinks Petrov improves our team then I am amazed because yet again he proved he is a big player north of the border. Maloney did so much more than the over-priced Bulgarian!
spit-fire
Should have could have maybe one day we will.
col8
petrov impresd me today....
Faroe_villa_rules
watch this space. MON will put together a quality squad where the likes of Petrov will have to improve or you know what
myleftfoot
Petrov wasn't in any way to blame. Cant see why he's being made a scapegoat. Point the finger once again at our lack of quality finishing. We're powder-puff in attack, we have been all season long.
glensider
point the finger at our defence who cant defend any kind of set piece...!
deemz
Agree with spit-fire, petrov was poor again, every time he got the ball he went backwards i thought he was a goalscoring midfielder, i never saw him in their box once!! young was poor as was bardsley. Berger was quality and gabby's pace was electric glad to see moore back too. Missed carew maybe he could have put one of those corners away.
samtozer
The problem with new players bought is that managers have a blind-spot and pick them. A new manager will drop a player regardless of price tag because he didn't buy them. Will MON persist in picking Petrov when he doesn't deserve to be in the team? I've no doubt that Petrov will be better with better players around him. But does that mean they make him look better? Look at Barry. He shines in a poor team. Perhaps Petrov needs time to adapt to the Premiership, he wouldn't be the first.
Gazvilla
As for the set-pieces. There has been noises that MON may be looking for a keeper who can dominate hs area. Sorenson is a good shot-stopper but is dodgy on crosses. Perhaps this breeds a lack of confidence in his defence as they feel unease. After the weekend the value of a keeper and a striker were compared. 15-20 mill for a striker and 3-5 mill for a keeper. A world-class keeper can save you 10 points in a season. That's the difference between nothing - UEFA cup or Champs league. Invest wisely!!
Gazvilla
Gotta stick up for Petrov,he gave the ball away once in 2nd half and got back to win it again,he set up great chance for Young and remember he was having to play McCann role,enabling rest of Midfield and Full backs to bomb on,he wasn`t the problem yesterday.
ASPINALL
The learning curve seems to be going the right way. Should be top ten by the end ot the season. Looking forward to next season already, regardless of what Andy Gray thinks.
morky13villa
frustrated.....Petrov, pull the bloody trigger, how many times did he have a clear shot on, only to lay it off through lack of confidence, he would have hammered them in all day at Celtic, he will get there, I just wish he would bloody hurry up. Still, left VP smilling. UTV
steff_the_villan
It would help matters considerably if we went into games in an attacking frame of mind, with two central strikers. Hopefully at The riverside this weekend we can play JC alongside a.n. other, be it Gabby, JPA, or Uncle Tom Cobley.
glensider
Petrov does need to shoot, but otherwise did McCann's job better than McCann. Agree with glensider-two strikers please.
gwyllum18
 

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