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Martin O'Neill's Post Posh Verdict

Martin O'Neill says he was happy with the 'kids' performance against Peterborough.

The team was:

Friedel, Cuellar, Knight, Davies, Shorey; Bannan, Sidwell, Reo-Coker (skipper), Albrighton, Harewood,Weimann, Subs: Parish, Lowry, Lichaj, Roome, Hofbauer, Herd, Clark, Osbourne, McGurk, Collins.

On the official site the Villa boss said some of them did 'exceptionally well' although he wasn't surprised as he has been watching them over the last few seasons and is 'delighted' to have so many young talented players fighting to get into the first team.

'It was really refreshing to see Barry, Marc and Andreas combine for that first goal. It was a short corner from Barry to Marc who put it in with a cross and then Andreas finished it off. And that was from three boys who have exactly no Premier League experience between them at all. It was very encouraging.'

MON admits there were some 'scary' moments early on but thinks Villa did better in the second half.

'I thought we did better in the second half. Curtis's goal was fantastic. After that run, it would have taken him a long time to get back if he hadn't finished it off. We managed to get all the players on the field too - some got more time than others - and we're now looking forward to Colchester on Tuesday.'

Blow by blow account on the official site: Click Here
Photos on the official site: Click Here
Stats: Click Here
Glensiders away match report: Click Here
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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 19 2009

Time: 10:40AM

Your Comments

Apparently Sidwell did very well and could actually replace Barry in the centre...
Villa 4 Ever
Apparently Sidwell did very well and could actually replace Barry in the centre...
Villa 4 Ever
big season for Sidwell, in fact a massive one for him. He has the chance now to really push in and obviously has a pre-season and fitness this time around whereas last year he was always playing catch up then picked up another knock. ALSO a bit season for Shorey, I would love to see him get a good chance, I think when he played he looked ok for us last season!
The Fear
big season for Sidwell, in fact a massive one for him. He has the chance now to really push in and obviously has a pre-season and fitness this time around whereas last year he was always playing catch up then picked up another knock. ALSO a bit season for Shorey, I would love to see him get a good chance, I think when he played he looked ok for us last season!
The Fear
I agree Fear I thought Shorey got a weird deal last season, I was most home games and saw the rest and whenever he played he looked great going forward and only occasionally weak at the back. And Cuellar was an excellent CB at in the UEFA for rangers so I hope to god we get a proper back up RB so he can play in the middle.
simonbigron
I agree Fear I thought Shorey got a weird deal last season, I was most home games and saw the rest and whenever he played he looked great going forward and only occasionally weak at the back. And Cuellar was an excellent CB at in the UEFA for rangers so I hope to god we get a proper back up RB so he can play in the middle.
simonbigron
naughton is the man for RB back up
clarkamus
naughton is the man for RB back up
clarkamus
Cuellar does look the natural choice at the price we paid to at least attempt to replace Laursen doesn't it? Surely it would make sense as that is his best position...! And with Shorey, makes you wonder if something happened off the pitch same as the JC incident because he was in one minute and exiled for a fair while without any obvious reason that we could see?!? As you say simonbigron, he looked good going forward especially.
The Fear
Cuellar does look the natural choice at the price we paid to at least attempt to replace Laursen doesn't it? Surely it would make sense as that is his best position...! And with Shorey, makes you wonder if something happened off the pitch same as the JC incident because he was in one minute and exiled for a fair while without any obvious reason that we could see?!? As you say simonbigron, he looked good going forward especially.
The Fear
fear shoreys performance against middlesbrough last season was fairly poor and he basically gave them a goal im fair sure thats why he was dropped you could see he had no confidence at that time when he came back into the side i was impressed but the worry for me with him is that he isn't very physical and is quite small, going forward he looks good but i cant see him making them crunching tackles that wilf does on a regular occasion
clarkamus
fear shoreys performance against middlesbrough last season was fairly poor and he basically gave them a goal im fair sure thats why he was dropped you could see he had no confidence at that time when he came back into the side i was impressed but the worry for me with him is that he isn't very physical and is quite small, going forward he looks good but i cant see him making them crunching tackles that wilf does on a regular occasion
clarkamus
people talk about attacking midfielders and a bit of flair in midfield, but although i admit a big name there would be great. i think sidwell can do the job. he likes to shoot and test the keeper from outside the box and thats something we dont have atm except for Young. Also, did any1 go to the game?I want to know how Reo did. I feel bad for him, i think he is great but never gets to play!
arc1988
people talk about attacking midfielders and a bit of flair in midfield, but although i admit a big name there would be great. i think sidwell can do the job. he likes to shoot and test the keeper from outside the box and thats something we dont have atm except for Young. Also, did any1 go to the game?I want to know how Reo did. I feel bad for him, i think he is great but never gets to play!
arc1988
Well the way transfer windows come and go I think its safe to say its doubtful anyone else will be challenging Sidwell for his place.
col8
Well the way transfer windows come and go I think its safe to say its doubtful anyone else will be challenging Sidwell for his place.
col8
I tell you what - had we got Sidwell the year before we did - when he was at Reading we would have been hailing it as a coup. He was an excellent player - I still remember him winning loads of 'best player outside PL' awards etc. The year at Chelsea excluded he has been a fantastic player and no reason why he can not be as good as Barry!!
deano.avfc
I tell you what - had we got Sidwell the year before we did - when he was at Reading we would have been hailing it as a coup. He was an excellent player - I still remember him winning loads of 'best player outside PL' awards etc. The year at Chelsea excluded he has been a fantastic player and no reason why he can not be as good as Barry!!
deano.avfc
yup, massive season for Sidwell, fingers crossed he re-finds that 'something' he seems to have been missing since his chelsea move. Regular spot in the team and fitness would be a good start for him.
The Fear
yup, massive season for Sidwell, fingers crossed he re-finds that 'something' he seems to have been missing since his chelsea move. Regular spot in the team and fitness would be a good start for him.
The Fear
I think we should use Bouma for the tougher games where we are on the back-foot, and shorey against the weaker opposition where we need to break them down and score.
Ericols_Son
I think we should use Bouma for the tougher games where we are on the back-foot, and shorey against the weaker opposition where we need to break them down and score.
Ericols_Son
Decent enough work out, with the end result of a few definite plus signs, but confirmation of a few negatives too. For the first thirty minutes or so we were under the cosh, and could very definitely have been behind before Andreas Weimann headed home our opener. Very disjointed first forty-five minutes from our lads, perhaps to be expected I suppose, but a slight improvement after the break. Worrying signs at the back though, we definitely look very shaky defensively. Peterborough's forwards ran us a little bit ragged at times, so you have to wonder just what a premiership strike force might do to us. Two men of the match for me, namely Steve Sidwell, who looked quite impressive, and youngster Marc Albrighton.
glensider
Decent enough work out, with the end result of a few definite plus signs, but confirmation of a few negatives too. For the first thirty minutes or so we were under the cosh, and could very definitely have been behind before Andreas Weimann headed home our opener. Very disjointed first forty-five minutes from our lads, perhaps to be expected I suppose, but a slight improvement after the break. Worrying signs at the back though, we definitely look very shaky defensively. Peterborough's forwards ran us a little bit ragged at times, so you have to wonder just what a premiership strike force might do to us. Two men of the match for me, namely Steve Sidwell, who looked quite impressive, and youngster Marc Albrighton.
glensider
 

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