Writer: Mike Field
Date:Saturday September 19 2009
Martin O'Neill was overjoyed to see the team Pompey by the scruff of the neck and stamp our authority on what was pretty much a dull game.
Villa came out of today's match with all 3 points and another 2 goals to our name, one being a Milner penalty and the other yet another goal from Gabby Agbonlahor.
Not a bad day at the office to be fair, although the game was reasonably lacklustre and we never really got into second gear - although to be fair, despite Pompey eclipsing us in the 'shots' department we didn't really need a second gear. We were in control enough, and whilst I like many others wish we would take this sorts of opportunities to really murder a team and kill them off with a scoreline that is embarrassing, the bottom line is we were very unlikely to ever lose this match once the first goal went in for us.
Speaking on the official site Monny was obviously delighted to see us follow up the Fulham win with the home victory, I think we all agree last season whilst our away form in terms of victories was exciting, our home form was dire.
If we can rectify that and get back to the good old days of 'Fortress Villa Park' there's no reason why we shouldn't be laughing our way into the Top 6 this year, if not slightly higher.
'To win with a bit of momentum was very, very important. It was vital for the fans and important for us to win in front of them. It was a game we were expected to win.'
Despite that Monny acknowledges that Pompey in no way made it easy for us, they gave their all and although it was a relatively easy match for us once we had the cushion, we certainly couldn't afford to fall asleep.
'Portsmouth came here with no points on the board while we had a bit of momentum and expectation was high.
'They gambled everything. They enjoyed decent possession, won a lot of second balls and were playing through us a bit.
'But we won the game and I accept we can play much better.'
Playing through us was relatively easy to do again when we reverted to 442. We do not have the quality of a midfield general to protect the defence with that formation, we need the extra number, but fortunately it didn't backfire on us today.
There are times to take risks, and with Pompey's form today was a good day for it.
Let's not get carried away though, it was hardly a performance worthy of watching on a replay but we got the result. There's a lot of work left to do though.
To view the Official Site's match report please Click Here
To view a selection of photos from today's match please Click Here
All the Match Stats - Click Here
Date:Saturday September 19 2009
Blackburn Striker Set For Medical? (Thursday July 30 2015)
U21s - Tamworth 3-0 Villa (Thursday July 30 2015)
Audio - Gray's Adebayor Concern (Wednesday July 29 2015)
Adebayor - Now Berbatov - And Baker (Wednesday July 29 2015)
Tamworth Trip Tonight (Wednesday July 29 2015)
Crespo Talks Fish & Chips (Wednesday July 29 2015)
Kozak Brace Almost Sinks Wolves (Wednesday July 29 2015)
An (Jose) ANGEL (Crespo) Descends On AVFC (Tuesday July 28 2015)
Another Big Signing Due In For AVFC? Transfer News (Tuesday July 28 2015)
Mud Slide Tim & The Claret & Blue Horizon (Tuesday July 28 2015)
|2.||Pride of Lions||1490|
|1. AFC Bournemouth||0||0||0||0||+0||0|
|3. Aston Villa||0||0||0||0||+0||0|
|5. Crystal Palace||0||0||0||0||+0||0|
|7. Leicester City||0||0||0||0||+0||0|
|Pulis Gives Lambert Update
» WBA : 30/07/2015 14:25:01
|Brunt Pleased With Pre Season So Far
» WBA : 30/07/2015 14:20:01
|JRod Relishing European Experience
» Southampton : 30/07/2015 14:08:00
|Koeman On Fantastic Europa League Opportunity
» Southampton : 30/07/2015 14:03:01
|York Defeat For Newcastle
» Newcastle : 30/07/2015 13:48:01