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O'Neill Looking To Next Season

O'Neill Looking To Next Season

Martin O'Neill said the team deserved at least a point after playing their final game of the season at the Reebok Stadium today.

Villa came away with a 2-2 draw, making 19% who voted in our prediction poll correct (69% said win, 3% said we'd lose and 9% didn't care as they were going dressed as cowboys!!!).

The Villa boss said: 'The players have shown a lot of character again and deserved at least a point. I thought we were great again. We scored two fantastic goals that were there for all to see and we showed plenty of guts and character. We were unlucky to find ourselves a goal down after having the better of things in the early stages. But we equalised with a fantastic goal from Craig Gardner and at half-time I felt pretty confident. They took the wind out of our sails by scoring a second and then we just lost it for a little while - maybe ten minutes. But then we came roaring back, scored another great goal and had a couple of chances to win it in the end.'

'Overall I'm disappointed we didn't go onto win the game, but this was a decent point against a side that have qualified for next season's Uefa Cup. We showed an unwillingness to accept defeat and came from behind again. That's been a bit of a trademark towards the end of the season. We've lost just ten games this season and I think there's only three teams above us who have done better than that this season. The truth of the matter is that we've drawn an awful lot of games. But I think the fans will look at how we've finished the season and say it bodes well for next year.'

He has also said that he won't be taking much of a break this summer as he prepares for next season. With a full pre-season to prepare this summer he told the official site:

'It's going to be much better for me and I'm hoping that it will be better for the club. I don't think two weeks is enough time to prepare for the Premiership, but I knew that at the time. It was a case of either going in at the deep end or hanging around while someone else came in and took the job. And a job that I really wanted to do might not have been there for me again. I think overall the extra time this season to prepare, knowing the squad much better than I knew them back in August, should stand us in better stead. Next season we should be better equipped. We may not get off to the same start as this season, but I believe overall we will be better prepared for it.'

Adding about the excitement for the 2007/08 season: 'I think you definitely need a week or two away, but there's a general excitement about wanting to get back to work. Obviously, with the new premises at Bodymoor Heath, it's going to be great. Next week I'd like to get the contracts sorted for people - before I do anything I would like to resolve that. Players who have played this season deserve to take their place before any new acquisitions come in. It would be great to get things resolved so that I'd be getting back here early pre-season with a number of players in tow - I don't want to be charging around in the last couple of days before August.'

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday May 13 2007
Time: 6:07PM


tell you what andy townsend would do a hell of a job in your team now hehe .... dwight yorke asd well !! thats championship class !!!
13/05/2007 18:29:00
Sorry I think you must be dazed and confused.
13/05/2007 19:47:00
Bring on the transfer rumour thread now !!
13/05/2007 20:21:00
Not sure what DnC is trying to say? A good result against a tough side playing for Fat Sam. Wonder who he supports - bet it's Spurs, they all seem to be to55ers.
13/05/2007 22:22:00
Luke Moore's second goal was quality, it was even better when the camera panned to John Robertson in the technical area and you could see him watching the celebrating players and saying "What a f****** goal!"
13/05/2007 23:22:00
great goals by 2 future talents. bring on the summer transfer window and next season. 5 or 6 new signings should do the trick here is my wish list 1gk(boruc), 1rb(da silva of seville), 1cb (distan or dunne), 1cm (reo coker or sissoko), 1 winger(riberry or sneijder) and most important 1 striker(huntelaar, klose, luca toni, alves or d bent) this is a wish list prob wont get them all 2 or 3 would be ok, id be happy as long as we went to europe and not to the lower leagues for our signings, ill keep the faith with whatever o'neil decides UTV
14/05/2007 01:22:00
David james' comments in the Guardian are worth reading - He reckons Villa will be the club most likely to break into the top 4 and that Spurs only look good but will disappoint once more!
14/05/2007 05:50:00
Both goals were excellent yesterday. A point at Bolton good result i'd say but I am still worried about us conceding the first goal. Hughes has done himself no favours yesterday unfortunately as I was one of his supporters.
14/05/2007 06:16:00
Young was awesome yesterday, his delivery is excellent. Carew needs to work on his heading and he'll get 15 goals next season no problem.....
14/05/2007 09:08:00
New players in tow..... MON has already decided who he wants to target.... just a matter of getting them to sign. I know the players and management need a break but don't you jut wish the season started next week with the players we have.
14/05/2007 09:36:00
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