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We Will bounce Back - The Verdict

We Will bounce Back - The Verdict

Martin O'Neill has insisted following the loss to Chelsea that we will bounce back, and whilst the defeat was a disappointment our season isn't over like some suggest.

Speaking on the official site, O'Neill reminded the fans that being gutted at a 1-0 loss to Chelsea shows how far this club has come in such a relatively short period of time.

We also must not forget, we are sitting with points to spare in 4th place, so whilst dropping from 3rd is annoying, it's by no means the end of the world.

'It is a set-back but we are far from finished. That's the key.

'We have some really quality players and they are frustrated. But we will bounce back.

'There is no dent in belief. Absolutely not.

'We thought we could win the game beforehand and even at half-time.

'The players, in terms of effort and determination, gave everything as usual. We eventually got beaten but we are still in there fighting.

'I see the result as a set-back and as a disappointment. That's all.

'I think it's a sign of the progress we have made that we lie in fourth place in the Barclays Premier League now and we go home disappointed.'

Without wanting to find excuses given how thick and fast matches have came lately, and without me wishing to raise the squad depth/signings debates again, O'Neill offered:

'I thought we looked leggy at the start and Chelsea got into their stride really quickly.

'They passed it nicely in the middle of the field and managed to get themselves in front.

'After that, we got into the game and we hit the bar with a free-kick and I thought we were getting a bit of momentum going in the run-up to half-time.

'In the second half, we had the possession and the territory.

'We had balls flashing across the box but we were unable to touch it in.'

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Saturday February 21 2009
Time: 6:18PM


Squadron leader any flying pigs out there. No Good man Possession and territory means sweet FA, goals count. 1 team was full of quality playing in their rightful positions, one team didn't. Guess which team won. Any pigs spotted yet squadron leader. No, good man
21/02/2009 18:23:00
And I have to say the free kick Heskey won to get the free kick that Young hit the bar with was harsh but then again Heskey was penalised for nowt in the second half - referee's! Don't you love them!
21/02/2009 18:32:00
Yeah, 48. We had a right back playing on the left and a centre back playing on the right. They had a right back playing on the left. Big ****ing difference, probably why we lost. Anything for a dig, eh?
21/02/2009 19:39:00
Good ol' avfc - ain't it nice to know some people in this world are so predictable. You don't even have a strong enough grasp on reality to get your facts right - but that's nothing new ... :o)
21/02/2009 20:09:00
What bunch of sore loosers...You don't even know the meaning of bad luck when its comes to football. Martin O Neil Good Coach, A.Young one of my Faviorte players, Aston Villa hope get 4th CL Spot(not at the expense of chelsea) But your fans (Not all) Complete and Pathetic A$$ Holes!
21/02/2009 21:28:00
we're still keeping you guys in the hunt, so it's game on again, ui expect us to overtake yu after your next 5 league games, but then we will have to face the top 3 and that is where it can all change. wud still love to see yu guys in the top 4 at the expense of chelsea, but won't happen..
21/02/2009 21:46:00
yeah nice one cechurself. sore losers? sore winners more like. i don't see anything on this page to suggest any villa fan is a sore loser. all i see are chelsea fans looking to gloat, and avfc48 looking to moan again. congratulations on making me dislike chelsea fans again. on another note, i thought we would draw and arsenal win - so actually we have gained on them in terms of my predictions!! come on villa! we will bounce back and make the top 4
22/02/2009 01:06:00
Im talking about the villa fans that came on Vital Chelsea moaning and bitchin.....
22/02/2009 01:11:00
if anything, the early chelsea goal put a rocket up our arse........from the first stages of the game it was clear they out classed us, we were scared and played like it....after the goal and especially after half time, we outclassed them, played fearless.......i think the later stages of that game showed we deserve the 4th spot....not arsenal, if we can play fearless more often
22/02/2009 04:28:00
Why would chelski fans gloat? average club with a poor history. ***** ground, no fans, just a rich sugar daddy for an owner
22/02/2009 14:07:00
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