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O'Neill Takes The Positives From The Blip

Martin O'Neill believes that our younger players will learn a hell of a lot during our current 'difficult' spell.

Speaking on the official site he explained that he believes the players can benefit from experiencing the lows and disappointment of a Top 4 challenge and by learning about how tough the demands are on players when they want to compete at the top.

'They have to experience this. This is what it's about if you are going to go and play at the very top.

'You play and you want to be there, and you want to be there not just for one week of the year, but you want to be there on a regular basis.

'I think players can learn from the way other teams play but you've got to go and compete.'

O'Neill will also have learnt a lot about our players over the last few weeks and about our weaknesses.

There's no doubt we'll bounce back, I just hope it comes soon enough for us not to have ruined all the hard work that has gone in this season.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 24 2009

Time: 3:55PM

Your Comments

This is why Man United are a poor side. They haven't had any 5-0 thrashings to help their young players develop. I think we should go for an 8-0 defeat next time, just to help our players develop even more and speed the process up a little.
Class of 82
Players don't need experience on how to lose!! We need a winning mentality (which should have kicked in for the Stoke game) where you are so determined to win that nothing will get in your way.
Villan444
How about YOU learning something from it Martin. Is is just me or does the manager have a damn cheek blaming the players for this slump, after all, he is the one playing a RB at LB, a MF at RB, or occasionally a MF at LB or CB at RB. How about you learn this slump is not down to the players, its down to your pig headedness, and dithering in every transfer window since you arrived. Stop blaming the players and the fans for your short comings. And another thing, id stop giving interviews with immediate effect, your public relations skills are nothing short of embarrassing, and you are in danger of alienating yourself, as DOL did.
mackaavfc
Actually, our last good peformance came from our youngsters in Moscow. Since then, we have just seen our so called senior team go from bad to worse!
villa_de
Spot on mackaavfc.
Saurat
Let me keep this short and sweet cos I honestly don't think we're far off top four... MON is one of the best managers in league so we're good in that department. We are missing a good left back, good defensive cover for Curtis and Martin (sorry Zat and Carlos) and a creative midfielder (or 2). MON, in the summer please please please do not let any player leave the club (except maybe Zat and Heskey). The team have proved they are good enough to compete at the highest level. We just need 5 quality signings to complement it. Just imagine if we had a vidic, a bridge and a fabregas/arshavin in the team... We'd be looking at top four easy, if not challenging for the title.
gjvilla
From someone with experience of O'Neill/ What's the difference between Martin O'Neill and Gordon Strachan? Personal skills. That's it.
ForeverHoop
Read the interview from Dion Dublin ..... even he has lost faith and thinks that staying in the UEFA cup would have given us the confidence we needed ...."It’s been a poor run of play that’s continued and continued. I think the Stoke game put a needle in their balloon and blew it up," the retired forward told the press. "They’ve set their standards very high, but I’ve said before that they had been quite lucky with late goals and deflected goals." In the wake of Villa's abysmal 5-0 defeat to Liverpool at the weekend, the 39-year-old was asked if he felt that Villa still had a shot at a Champions League place. "Not after that, they were poor," was his reply. "They were thinking ‘How do we come back from this?’. They didn’t know how to turn it around." Dublin also vented his frustrations regarding Martin O'Neill's decision to sacrifice this season's UEFA Cup campaign to focus on the league, stating that challenging for a European final would have boosted player confidence. "We plainly know now that it was the wrong decision to go about it as he did," added Dublin. "I would have gone for the trophy. When you get so close to something why would you fob it off and then go for the league? "Take what you’ve got, try and win the cup and then see what happens with the league. "The league is very important but if you can get a bit of silverware or get into a final that’s got to be good for the team and their confidence."
tvrwhitey
The trouble is, gjvilla, most of the players we need rid of are the ones purchased by MON!!! What makes us think he will get it right in the next transfer window!?
Class of 82
Only 5 new players? Why that's half a team and yet we are very close to the top 4? Sorry, fail to see the logic here although I do agree that we need better players. Look at the top four teams - and ask how many of our players would get in their sides? Do we have a really top striker? One or even two solid CBs and a strong midfielder like Fabregas, Gerrard, Lampard or even Arteta/ Cahill? Answer is no we don't. Thanks to a highly motivated team we did well and now we are being found out. Yes the team is better than under Dol, it is moving in the right direction but not as quickly as pre-slip results implied.
Gordonsleftboot
Half a team, yes, but to compete you need a squad. That's the big four mentality and that's the difference between top four and almost top four. Especially when when it comes down to the business end of the season. We have to be real and recognise that it wasn't possible with a squad our size to ease into the top four. We're so used to thinking of first 11 when 23 is the number. When chelsea won the league under mourinho they had 2 players for every position including 3 top class keepers. Look at our bench and who do we have? Now understand my logic?
gjvilla
Hopefully Mart will have learned from the mistakes he has made too. The slump is not all down to the players, far from it. This ridiculous game plan of continually playing two, three, four players out of their natural and preferred positions, is wrong, so wrong. There's no genuine balance. Nicky Shorey highlights my complaint. This has to be a 'personality' thing between O'Neill and the player. Shorey is a more than capable/competent left full back, who has been banished to the bench, and given no opportunity to re-establish himself. It defies belief.
glensider
We were never going to finish top four. It simply was never an option. Depth wise, and even more importantly, quality wise, our squad simply wasn't up to the task. The failings of last summer and our dithering once again in the transfer market was always going to come back to haunt us. Finishing fifth will be a wonderful achievement, but with Everton breathing down our necks, that is going to be no easy task.
glensider
 

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