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O'Neill Senses Villa Fans Disappointment

O'Neill Senses Villa Fans Disappointment

Martin O'Neill says that Villa fans would have accepted 5th and Europe at the start of the season but having flirted with the top four he feels disappointment from fans.

Not to go over old ground but surely if he had taken the UEFA seriously this year AND we'd finished 5th and were in Europe again, there wouldn't be the disappointment?

O'Neill said: 'I think almost having qualified again for Europe has been overlooked. Because we flirted with the top four for a couple of weeks, people have had a bit of false expectation.'

He qualifies that by saying 'You realise the calibre of team we are up against when you see them contesting the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Champions League each year - and you see the calibre of player those top four clubs possess.' (which is difficult to argue with really!!!) 'It is not just the individual player, because we have a number here that would grace any team, but it is the size of the squad. But we are going to qualify for Europe this season again and, in terms of development, I think the players have done brilliantly.'

He also says along with Fulham Villa have used the fewest players and there is tiredness now creeping in. He has given the midfielders an extra day off this week to rest.

The Villa boss also points to our poor home record as the major problem this season but strangely says it hasn't been form, it has been bad luck?

Talking to the official site he explained: 'During the course of the season, we didn't pick up enough points at home. At the start of the current campaign, you'd have thought that was unlikely. We have won more than our fair share of matches away from home and that speaks volumes for the team. We are not frightened of going to any arena and doing well. Therefore, we have won a significant number of games on the road.'

Adding, 'My own view is that we have been unlucky in a few home games. There have been matches we should have won but we drew. I'm particularly thinking about the games against Wigan, Stoke and Fulham. We should have had six extra points. They are very important at the end of the season.

'From that viewpoint, I think we can improve our home form next season. Some people, cynically, will say - that's not too difficult.'

Happy to say there is no blame towards the fans this time though as he says the atmosphere has been 'fantastic - really brilliant.' And assures us the team do love playing at home 'The fans have come to watch us in their droves and they have stayed with us. They have been brilliant.'

One could almost say terrific...!? :o)



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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday May 2 2009
Time: 2:31PM

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Blah blah blah! I really think he's missed the point as to why we are *****ed off / annoyed. Either that or he's choosing to ignore it. If we'd come 10th but given everything in all competitions I'd be disappointed but at the same time satisfied that my team had done their best, I'd be able to hold my head high. As it is......
Villan Of The North
02/05/2009 15:38:00
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Blah blah blah! I really think he's missed the point as to why we are *****ed off / annoyed. Either that or he's choosing to ignore it. If we'd come 10th but given everything in all competitions I'd be disappointed but at the same time satisfied that my team had done their best, I'd be able to hold my head high. As it is......
Villan Of The North
02/05/2009 15:38:00
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The thing about qualifying for euro league is the way we treated it this season if money is short next season a lot of fans probably will choose premier games and it's well justified too.
chris the villan
02/05/2009 17:04:00
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The thing about qualifying for euro league is the way we treated it this season if money is short next season a lot of fans probably will choose premier games and it's well justified too.
chris the villan
02/05/2009 17:04:00
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I used to enjoy the lively debates on this site, but the continual anti MON rhetoric is ruining it. Villan Of the North, you say 'we', but by that i assume you mean the minority of fickle whingers not the die hard fans. If you went to away games you'd reailse that there is not the same sentiment amongst the true villa fans as there is on these boards, which was illustrated by the chanting of Martin O'Neills name for for nearly the whole of half time downstairs at Bolton last week.
Longman
02/05/2009 17:43:00
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I used to enjoy the lively debates on this site, but the continual anti MON rhetoric is ruining it. Villan Of the North, you say 'we', but by that i assume you mean the minority of fickle whingers not the die hard fans. If you went to away games you'd reailse that there is not the same sentiment amongst the true villa fans as there is on these boards, which was illustrated by the chanting of Martin O'Neills name for for nearly the whole of half time downstairs at Bolton last week.
Longman
02/05/2009 17:43:00
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Before i start, i class myself as a "die hard" as much as the next man (22 yrs Stkt + maj away) , but i have to agree with Villa of the North. This "must back MON even when he gets it totally wrong" gets on my T*ts. I strong manager would hold his hands up and admit his mistakes, even Alex Fergamoan or Arsen Wingeer has been know to say "i got it wrong". Why treat European quilification as sucsess , then disrespect the competition once we are there? I do not want to get rid of MON as he on the whole has done a good job in stabelizing the ship and making us a consistant top 7 team, but the job is not yet done. MON must learn from the mistakes made if we are to progress further.
HolteEnder43
02/05/2009 18:44:00
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Before i start, i class myself as a "die hard" as much as the next man (22 yrs Stkt + maj away) , but i have to agree with Villa of the North. This "must back MON even when he gets it totally wrong" gets on my T*ts. I strong manager would hold his hands up and admit his mistakes, even Alex Fergamoan or Arsen Wingeer has been know to say "i got it wrong". Why treat European quilification as sucsess , then disrespect the competition once we are there? I do not want to get rid of MON as he on the whole has done a good job in stabelizing the ship and making us a consistant top 7 team, but the job is not yet done. MON must learn from the mistakes made if we are to progress further.
HolteEnder43
02/05/2009 18:44:00
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Jesus. Pint half full or pint half empty? Me, I've empties quite a few pints. Up the villa and up the MON.
RiF
02/05/2009 23:58:00
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Jesus. Pint half full or pint half empty? Me, I've empties quite a few pints. Up the villa and up the MON.
RiF
02/05/2009 23:58:00
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