UK time is: 19:30:13
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Monny Relishes The Return Of The Derby

Martin O'Neill sounds like a little kid in a sweet shop talking about this weekends derby clash against Blues.

Speaking on the official site there's a definite air of excitement from the man, as he describes the derbies of two years ago as 'intense'.

'I remember those derbies two seasons ago like they were yesterday.

'What an incredible 60 seconds in the first at St. Andrew's. Gabby cleared the ball off the line and then scored the winner for us at the other end.

'I just relish the intensity. It lived up to everything I expected the last time around.'

Following hot on the heels of Ian Taylor's interview, when he commented about managers trying to play down such clashes as 'normal' games, O'Neill has no compunction about saying it how it is.

'No matter what people say, they are definitely different games. There's a different atmosphere, tempo, everything really.'

O'Neill also explains that a victory or a loss in a derby match does affect the players, celebrations go on a little longer when you win, but when you lose everyone is despondent for far longer than normal.

He also realises times have changed from the last time we played them, a different squad, different manager and as ever nothing is guaranteed in football.

That aside though, he remembers our performance at Villa Park particularly well:

'We played particularly well on the day, scored some goals and it was just a brilliant performance.

'If that's anything to go by, it should keep our spirits high.'

Anyone wants to bet he's told the squad to do better than 5-1 this time?

Bookmark and Share




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



*Try Vital Mobile FOR FREE for the latest news, scores, fixtures and so much more*

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 11 2009

Time: 5:53PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
ha, good first use of the new image MF!
The Fear
Report Abuse
11/09/2009 19:05:00

ha, good first use of the new image MF!
The Fear
Report Abuse
11/09/2009 19:05:00

It's just another game with only 3 points at stake and very early in the season. So all in all, it hardly matters at all. When Gary Cahill swivelled to score and as good as sent them down, or when we thrashed them 5 - 1 it hardly registered any excitement. An irrelevance really....
stennyvilla
Report Abuse
11/09/2009 20:19:00

It's just another game with only 3 points at stake and very early in the season. So all in all, it hardly matters at all. When Gary Cahill swivelled to score and as good as sent them down, or when we thrashed them 5 - 1 it hardly registered any excitement. An irrelevance really....
stennyvilla
Report Abuse
11/09/2009 20:19:00

All the team's above us are playing each other. Three points, with a game in hand would look lovely come sunday afternoon after a saturday of goal-less draws . UTV! destroy the scum, again.
benji_starsky_avfc
Report Abuse
11/09/2009 20:23:00

All the team's above us are playing each other. Three points, with a game in hand would look lovely come sunday afternoon after a saturday of goal-less draws . UTV! destroy the scum, again.
benji_starsky_avfc
Report Abuse
11/09/2009 20:23:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Sanchez Talks Manchester City (Monday April 27 2015)

Guzan Gets Sherwood Backing (Monday April 27 2015)

Sherwood On Manchester City Loss (Sunday April 26 2015)

Full Facial (Sunday April 26 2015)

Stats: Man City v Aston Villa (Saturday April 25 2015)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Pride of Lions 968
2. ClivetheVillan 837
3. The Fear 706
4. col8 464
5. kefkat 333
6. thefacehead 333
7. sirdennis 274
8. DeanoVilla 203
9. Fulford 200
10. Cheshire Villan 160

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
12. Crystal Palace 33 11 9 13 -3 42
13. WBA 34 9 10 15 -14 37
14. Newcastle 34 9 8 17 -21 35
15. Aston Villa 34 8 8 18 -22 32
16. Sunderland 33 5 15 13 -23 30
17. Hull City 32 6 10 16 -16 28
18. Leicester City 32 7 7 18 -17 28

Breaking League News

Mourinho on PFA Awards
Chelsea : 27/04/2015 18:38:00
Mikel - Real Madrid or Southampton Bound?
Chelsea : 27/04/2015 17:57:01
Weekend Gossip Round-Up
Man Utd : 27/04/2015 17:42:00
Allardyce`s Future!
West Ham : 27/04/2015 17:10:00
West Ham Target Gignac (Again)
West Ham : 27/04/2015 17:03:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man City MotM
Suggested By:  MF
Guzan 11%
Bacuna 0%
Vlaar 0%
Okore 0%
Richardson 0%
Cleverley 25%
Westwood 0%
Grealish 44%
Sanchez 5%
Delph 11%
Benteke 4%
Sub - N'Zogbia 0%
Sub - Lowton 0%