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3 Points Were Vital

Martin O'Neill has said he told the team prior to todays match that 3 points were vital, and he praised Gabby's second half strike for being exactly what we needed to see out the game.

Speaking on the official site after todays 2-0 win over fulham, a relieved Monny was pleased to see us pick up the 3 points before we have yet another international break.

Singling out Gabby for the majority of the praise, the manager said:

'Gabby was terrific. It was just a fantastic goal. He said modestly in the dressing room: 'I just hit it.' It was a brilliant strike.

'We were looking good at the time but that second goal just about won the game for us. We saw it through comfortably in the end. That was great for him. It was nice to score in front of the Holte End. The crowd was right behind him and the team.'

Admitting that the team were a little apprehensive before the match, no doubt the result of those pesky fans who get upset when we play like amatuers, he called the crowd fantastic and no doubt hopes that our 3 wins on the trot will turn into some serious form:

'It was very pleasing. We were a bit apprehensive before the match because it was a home game in the league. But the crowd were terrific.

'We now have six points and it takes us into the break with plenty of positives.'

Should we get Dunne as rumoured, and maybe, hopefully, a striker to boot and we can find our form and start putting in more Liverpool type performances whilst also taking points from those games we are dire in the season will take on a far more happy slant for all.


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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 30 2009

Time: 8:25PM

Your Comments

Well done to Villa again today. Good to see a win after being knocked out of Europe. All players gave their all today and allowing the players to get used to this formation could be fantastic for us. Reo, Sidders and Petrov as a central 3 is really strong i think. Well done boys.
arc1988
Well done to Villa again today. Good to see a win after being knocked out of Europe. All players gave their all today and allowing the players to get used to this formation could be fantastic for us. Reo, Sidders and Petrov as a central 3 is really strong i think. Well done boys.
arc1988
4-5-1 does make us solid. Can't believe the season has only just started and we've an international break already!
The Fear
4-5-1 does make us solid. Can't believe the season has only just started and we've an international break already!
The Fear
Good result but i just didn`t think we were that good to be honest,No creativity at all,But anyway three points is the main thing and i suppose you can`t argue with that.Well done the lads.
lerneravfc
Good result but i just didn`t think we were that good to be honest,No creativity at all,But anyway three points is the main thing and i suppose you can`t argue with that.Well done the lads.
lerneravfc
I`m being a dick we did what we had to do against a poor performing fulham,Good win.
lerneravfc
I`m being a dick we did what we had to do against a poor performing fulham,Good win.
lerneravfc
No creativity? The side "created" two goals. Would you rather the side followed Baggies example of "who cares if we get relegated, as long as we play beautiful football"? Or the Arsenal "we're to good to tackle" ethos? 4-5-1 is the way. Been sayin' so for ages (as have others). Yes, it would be nice to have a Bergkamp, Zola, Sheringham or Joe Cole. However, the current (league) midfield trio of Petrov, Sidwell and NRC, seem to have gelled and make up for the lack of a "thinking" footballer. Ashley Young is also a very creative player. The decline last season was caused by the switch to 4-4-2. Before then, many felt that Villa were playing some of the most exciting (counter-attacking) football in the EPL. To be honest, I'm just glad Fulham didn't do "a Stoke". That they didn't shows Villa have progressed, and can "win ugly".
VillaWillRiseAgain
No creativity? The side "created" two goals. Would you rather the side followed Baggies example of "who cares if we get relegated, as long as we play beautiful football"? Or the Arsenal "we're to good to tackle" ethos? 4-5-1 is the way. Been sayin' so for ages (as have others). Yes, it would be nice to have a Bergkamp, Zola, Sheringham or Joe Cole. However, the current (league) midfield trio of Petrov, Sidwell and NRC, seem to have gelled and make up for the lack of a "thinking" footballer. Ashley Young is also a very creative player. The decline last season was caused by the switch to 4-4-2. Before then, many felt that Villa were playing some of the most exciting (counter-attacking) football in the EPL. To be honest, I'm just glad Fulham didn't do "a Stoke". That they didn't shows Villa have progressed, and can "win ugly".
VillaWillRiseAgain
The side did not "create" two goals,One was an own goal from a corner and the other was a good individual goal.Apart from that tell me when we created any clear cut chances or strung together some moves?Why do people resort to ilogical arguments about west brom and dennis bergkamp?All i am saying is we need more creative players and it was a bit boring,Chill out and stop taking it all so seriously,I said it was a good result for ***** sake.
lerneravfc
The side did not "create" two goals,One was an own goal from a corner and the other was a good individual goal.Apart from that tell me when we created any clear cut chances or strung together some moves?Why do people resort to ilogical arguments about west brom and dennis bergkamp?All i am saying is we need more creative players and it was a bit boring,Chill out and stop taking it all so seriously,I said it was a good result for ***** sake.
lerneravfc
Ok I will be berated for this but - the Fulham display shows why we were lucky to get out of that Europa cup when we did. Sorry I think it is a pointless competition (19 games to win + 5m in prize money before expenses) and Everton & Fulham in the league will suffer if they progress - have got to the mini-league stage already so many more games to play with the same players and lots of travelling too. Man City can concentrate on the league and so can we now. CL is worth competing in obviously, the other thing is just a distraction. And our squad is just not strong enough.
Gordonsleftboot
Ok I will be berated for this but - the Fulham display shows why we were lucky to get out of that Europa cup when we did. Sorry I think it is a pointless competition (19 games to win + 5m in prize money before expenses) and Everton & Fulham in the league will suffer if they progress - have got to the mini-league stage already so many more games to play with the same players and lots of travelling too. Man City can concentrate on the league and so can we now. CL is worth competing in obviously, the other thing is just a distraction. And our squad is just not strong enough.
Gordonsleftboot
it was a very boring game but when a team comes to Villa park what do you think will happen??? its going to be counter counter counter
Astonian Villan
it was a very boring game but when a team comes to Villa park what do you think will happen??? its going to be counter counter counter
Astonian Villan
Just what we needed, not the best performance we've ever had but not bad either, a superb goal from Gabby and a great result. UTV
ExpatVillaShirt
Just what we needed, not the best performance we've ever had but not bad either, a superb goal from Gabby and a great result. UTV
ExpatVillaShirt
Glad I watched that on TV would have been peeved to spend my hard earned on 89 minutes aand 45 seconds of that drivel, great individual goal though, think you will need a lot more of them. Also Fulham were/are crap.
TeddyLyon
Glad I watched that on TV would have been peeved to spend my hard earned on 89 minutes aand 45 seconds of that drivel, great individual goal though, think you will need a lot more of them. Also Fulham were/are crap.
TeddyLyon
It might not of been the greatest game, but Villa still had a couple of extra gears, if Fulham had of played better we still would've beaten them. Well done lads.
johnmurphy3112
It might not of been the greatest game, but Villa still had a couple of extra gears, if Fulham had of played better we still would've beaten them. Well done lads.
johnmurphy3112
lerneravfc-I was writing my response to your first comment, when you posted your second, mate. Didn't see it 'till it was too late. BTW, what do you think of Berlino the Bear as a CB? Height, presence, leadership.........Can't accuse me of taking it "all so seriously" now!!! ;-)
VillaWillRiseAgain
lerneravfc-I was writing my response to your first comment, when you posted your second, mate. Didn't see it 'till it was too late. BTW, what do you think of Berlino the Bear as a CB? Height, presence, leadership.........Can't accuse me of taking it "all so seriously" now!!! ;-)
VillaWillRiseAgain
We are getting so desperate for a CB I'd be happy with Rupert Bear
ant1ant1
We are getting so desperate for a CB I'd be happy with Rupert Bear
ant1ant1
 

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