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Villa Back In The Top Ten!

Villa Back In The Top Ten!

Martin O'Neill reflected on the 3-1 win for Villa over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium today where Villa once again only played one half but by the sounds of it, what a half!

With goals from the up-coming Villa midfielder Craig Gardner, the hot shot just returning from a shoulder injury Luke Moore (who scores for fun up t'north) and a blinder from much maligned Stiliyan Petrov, Villa have managed to get into the top ten again - at last!

O'Neill said: 'It was a great comeback. I thought the second-half performance was magnificent. We scored three goals and won away from home for the second time in a week, which is absolutely splendid. We gave away a soft goal after starting off brightly enough. That put us on the back-foot, but we got back into it with a goal just before half-time. That gave us a boost and we were a different side in the second-half.'

'Craig's goal put Middlesbrough on the back-foot and the second-half belonged to us. Even if we hadn't got the goal just before half-time, I believe our second-half performance probably would have earned all three points. I was delighted for Luke Moore. He controlled with his first touch and scored with his second, which is what Luke is capable of doing. I was delighted it fell to him, because he is one person capable of doing that.'

'It was also great to see Stiliyan on the scoresheet. I thought his whole second-half performance was good. There was a lot more energy about it and he got the goal as a reward.'

Now give us a home win, PLEASE, give us a home win!

Next up, high flying Portsmouth at Villa Park, Man City away, out final home game of the season v Sheffield United and our last game of the season at the Reebok Stadium v Bolton. How about we get all 12 points then and finish the season how we mean to start the next?!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday April 14 2007
Time: 6:20PM


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The Fear
14/04/2007 18:22:00
Cant wait for match choice to come on - how sad I am staying in on a saturday night.
14/04/2007 18:36:00
good result do you reckon you can stay and finish in the top 10
14/04/2007 18:49:00
Brilliant ti finally relax and not look over our shoulders. A good flourish towards the end and that should help attract the right type of players. With Mr Wenger bigging us up, happy days! Like Hoss the Villain said the other day, 'we aint lost a lot this season'. Turn some of these draws into wins next season and we'll be flying!!!! UTV
14/04/2007 18:52:00
we could stay there, we shouldn't have left the top 10 really moyes, just too many draws and a couple of 'what ifs' this season. Next season will be a different story!
The Fear
14/04/2007 19:26:00
At last good on stan, if we could sort out our first halfs and conceding the first goal we would be cruising into the top 6. aLTHOUGH WE SEEM TO PLAY BETTER AFTER A ROLLICKING SORRY hit caps lock. UTV keep on going lads.
14/04/2007 20:24:00
We have given away at least 15 points this season and probably more by drawing games we should have won and some pretty wierd loses. By my reckoning those 15 plus points would put us well in the top four. Next year we really will be there. MON is getting it right.
14/04/2007 20:40:00
Halleluah!Now we can go into our remaining games and settle a few scores with citeh and bolton
14/04/2007 20:43:00
I hope we can keep this momentum up....looking at the points total of 42 also means we've equalled our tally against last season. Can anyone confirm that all the games that we have won have been 3 p.m kick offs on Saturday????
14/04/2007 20:50:00
Dando, we beat Reading in a midweek match early in the season. That's just one I can remember.
14/04/2007 20:58:00
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