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Everton To Serve As Our Turning Point Again

Martin O'Neill is calling on the squad to reignite our season this Sunday just like we did on April 2nd in his first season with us.

Speaking on the official site ahead of the crunch clash O'Neill reminised back to 2007, almost to the game where he says he fell in love with this club and the moment he not only learnt a hell of a lot about the team, but to the moment he was admamant he wanted to push us forward.

'In the first half against Everton, we were just wretched for every reason under the sun. The crowd booed us off and everything we got at half-time that evening, we thoroughly deserved.

'The team could have wilted under that pressure and ended up being in deep, deep trouble but they went out and showed their battling qualities and their character.

'There was a genuine desire and we came rolling back from a position of despair. That showed something about the team that really pleased me.

'I learned a lot about them that night, and also about the crowd, who had been sharing our frustration for some considerable time.

'If ever there was an evening where I felt 'this is a club worth doing something for' that was it. It was encapsulated in a 90-minute period where we were getting the crowd's utter wrath in the first half but were applauded off at the end.'

Stark comparison to Moscow as that's back in the news today, but maybe that has been the problem and those of us who have speculated O'Neill has basically done a JG and has started caring about losing league games more than willing them have a point.

He wants success that bad it's counted against him and the team and it would explain our recent dire performances and failure to live up to our own hype of attractive counter attacking football.

That hopefully changed against Man U when we were definitely back to our best, with a balanced squad, and playing good flowing football. Everton won't be the same sort of game but 3 points would certainly kickstart us results wise.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 7 2009

Time: 3:32PM

Your Comments

Back to our best playing good flowing football ?? What game were you watching, the same one that O'Neill's expected rhetoric came from ? He can bull ***** all he likes, in the final analysis its down to him to choose the right players in the right positions, sort the right tactics, make the right substitutions and then motivate them enough to beat Everton. Then we will all learn a huge amount about the man who is obviously floundering and clutching at any straw he can to explain away 10 games without a win.
avfc48
I see old Harry Redknapp taping up our players again RRshole .......somthing should be done about him?
B6_COMPANY
tickets still available, could be a GREAT match... well if we win it will be anyway! Certainly pivotal to both clubs season now:

Tickets are still available for our exciting Easter Sunday showdown with the Toffees - so get in quick to snap up your seats. Tickets are now on general sale and it is a maximum of six tickets per booking for the clash. The game kicks off at 2pm. Prices 19 to 39 (adults) 10 to 39 (under-16s) 19 to 39 (young adults and students) 15 to 39 (over-65s)
The Fear
Why does MON need to explain anything 48? I bet his minds just as boggled as all of ours. Its the same bunch of players that recorded our club record of away victories and who were sitting 4th for what seemed an eternity. This is the worst spell he's encountered since joining us so why all the doubt being raised? The lads just feel frustrated at the moment and its not hard to see why. All that hard work could be going to waste. Sundays our hardest game left so lets just stay optimistic and hope we're back on track
medzy
Arsenal need to lose 3 or 4 matches for Villa's season to turn around. Taking a look at Arsenal's run-in I believe they will lose at least 2 and hopefully more. 4th place is not totally dead. Look at Liverpools charge for 1st! I think the Villa need 6wins & 1 draw out of the last 7 matches to put us on 71points and Arsenal 3wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats to finish on 69points. The final Banana skin could be Newcastle (at home) if they need a win to stay up. If Wigan and Villa both win this weekend things will look much better!
AVFC_WSM
too little, too late.
Stig
Who is Redknapp tapping up ?
sirdennis
Moyes has put together a more than useful side, but so has MON. A three pointer against the merseyside blues and we're hopefully back on track. Maybe a fourth place finish is beyond us, I personally believe it has been all season long, but there's still a lot to play for. Pipping Everton for fifth for starters.
glensider
Its no doubt just media speculation sirdennis, but I read that he was interested in luring John Carew to White Hart Lane, a possible exchange deal involving Jermaine Jenas or Darren Bent (Hell NO!!!!- to either of them).
glensider
Isn't it strange how avfc comes out of the woodwork only when things are going badly for Aston Villa. Does anyone remember him posting anything positive when we were on our record-breaking run? In fact, does anyone remember him posting anything positive at all? Now you may tell me he's a Villa fan all you like, but I can't see it. He isn't any kind of Villa fan that any other Villa supporter would want to know. Does he live near a certain sty, by any chance?
BobTheBuilder
Harry gets on my ample ti(t)s. He can't keep his mouth shut and talks a load of shi ite. I'm not worried about Harry but I'm not looking forward to the press hyped transfer window this summer. 2 months in Austrailia would suit me instead.
RiF
 

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