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Staying Grounded - The Verdict

Just as Martin O'Neill rushed to quell a positive over reaction to the Man U win, he doesn't want a negative over reaction to our Arsenal loss.

Today backed up the thoughts of many when it comes to our current squad, when a supposed Top 4 team doesn't completely turn up now the chances are we will get the result, when in previous years we'd have probably still lost. However, when they turn up, they are a different class.

That was in reality all that happened today, we weren't at our best, and Arsenal were - Fabregas especially - and we were quite rightly mullered.

It'll happen, but not many teams will put three past us this season, so sometimes you just have to hold your hands up.

Speaking on the Official Site following the 3-0 loss, Monny refused to draw too many conclusions from either the performance or the result admitting that Fabregas was 'immense' and was ultimately the main difference between the two teams overall.

Commenting that we were more than in the game until the free kick, he said:

'He has made a major impact on the game, he has turned the game for Arsenal completely.'

But with Liverpool up next, only 48 hours later, Monny is adamant that the game should by rights be forgotten and put down to one of those things, and we just keep going. We just keep doing what we have done over the last few weeks where performances have been good and results have gone our way.

We cannot let this result, get in the way of us picking up three points against the Scousers.

'We don't have much time to reflect on it. We just have to get on with it and we've got a major game coming up.'

All Monny would offer on our performance today was the disappointment he and the lads obviously feel at working hard to close them down and win the ball back, yet (ala Milner for the goal) almost giving it straight back to them by some substandard passing.

As for what the rest of the season brings, as many fans no doubt can't avoid seeing parallels to last, Monny simply adds:

'It is up to us now in the second half to see if we can maintain the form that has put us there in the first place.'

Fingers crossed, Top 4 may still be a step too far but finishing 5th IF we can also keep our Cup run going, would still be an improvement and surely the least we aim for at this stage.

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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 27 2009

Time: 6:18PM

Your Comments

No, no. You did'nt keep Fabregas shackled in. Liverpool's spot is still up for grabs fellas. Beat Man Citeh and it will be yours1!
JT_daniel
No, no. You did'nt keep Fabregas shackled in. Liverpool's spot is still up for grabs fellas. Beat Man Citeh and it will be yours1!
JT_daniel
Can't say fairer than this.
JayVFC
Can't say fairer than this.
JayVFC
have to say that I thought you were the better side in the first half and missed the 2nd half so was surprised at the result, especially as they were saying Fabrigas would only play in an absolute emergency.
oxfordspur
have to say that I thought you were the better side in the first half and missed the 2nd half so was surprised at the result, especially as they were saying Fabrigas would only play in an absolute emergency.
oxfordspur
totally agree with MON, it was the final ball and poor passing that undid the good work by the defence and then it all got too much for them. Fair comments and as he says, big game on Tuesday so forget this one and move on, get another home win and 8 points clear of Liverpool.

Think Arsenal shaded the 1st half to be honest oxfordspur, although if we had put a chance away, I'd not have argued with it, it wouldn't have been unfair, we held our own so to speak. 2nd half it did crumble but there you go, the 2nd was down to a sloppy pass and the 3rd we backed off. The first maybe Friedel could have been better positioned, not sure, not a goalie!
The Fear
totally agree with MON, it was the final ball and poor passing that undid the good work by the defence and then it all got too much for them. Fair comments and as he says, big game on Tuesday so forget this one and move on, get another home win and 8 points clear of Liverpool.

Think Arsenal shaded the 1st half to be honest oxfordspur, although if we had put a chance away, I'd not have argued with it, it wouldn't have been unfair, we held our own so to speak. 2nd half it did crumble but there you go, the 2nd was down to a sloppy pass and the 3rd we backed off. The first maybe Friedel could have been better positioned, not sure, not a goalie!
The Fear
Yup, MON got it right. Move on and welcome Liverpool with a decent attacking display.
revdpete
Yup, MON got it right. Move on and welcome Liverpool with a decent attacking display.
revdpete
Liverpool is an unbelievably huge game for both teams
arthur7171
Liverpool is an unbelievably huge game for both teams
arthur7171
As much as I cannot stand arsenal , I am so glad they turned u lot over u deserved to lose I really hope ur over achiving over in flated ego's falter as of now COYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
E17YID
As much as I cannot stand arsenal , I am so glad they turned u lot over u deserved to lose I really hope ur over achiving over in flated ego's falter as of now COYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
E17YID
Got to love the irony, a spurs fan accusing another teams fans of being egotistical!
steako
Got to love the irony, a spurs fan accusing another teams fans of being egotistical!
steako
Good to see you're making a bit of a rivalry with the Sp*ds. Enjoy it, they're hilariously deluded. By over-achieving he probably means that you didn't have to pay huge sums of money for average players and therefore shouldn't be above Sp*rs, because they did. Spending is the answer. ALWAYS.
ArsenalRob
Good to see you're making a bit of a rivalry with the Sp*ds. Enjoy it, they're hilariously deluded. By over-achieving he probably means that you didn't have to pay huge sums of money for average players and therefore shouldn't be above Sp*rs, because they did. Spending is the answer. ALWAYS.
ArsenalRob
E17YID. We're over-achieving???!!! you skanky in-bred, Didnt the top team in london put 4 past your lot? why not keep your cockney gob shut til the season ends you d**khead.
claretandbluearmy
E17YID. We're over-achieving???!!! you skanky in-bred, Didnt the top team in london put 4 past your lot? why not keep your cockney gob shut til the season ends you d**khead.
claretandbluearmy
Nice balanced report from the opposition. Like us you were failing to take your chances, after the first 5 mins we looked good then, the next 15-20 were totally yours, we ended the half slightly better. But at half time honours were rightly even. I thought in the 2nd we started really bright again, but lacking a cutting edge and a inner belief, but as soon as Fab came on we upped it maybe 2 or 3 gears. You probably didnt deserve 3-0 in a way, but on the other hand we could have scored more. You should believe in youselves though, 4th is there for the taking, beat liverpool and you put some distance between you and them. It is so close this year, with you, spuds and city keeping liverpool out. Perhaps the transfer window will determine who keeps in the race...............
Harry671
Nice balanced report from the opposition. Like us you were failing to take your chances, after the first 5 mins we looked good then, the next 15-20 were totally yours, we ended the half slightly better. But at half time honours were rightly even. I thought in the 2nd we started really bright again, but lacking a cutting edge and a inner belief, but as soon as Fab came on we upped it maybe 2 or 3 gears. You probably didnt deserve 3-0 in a way, but on the other hand we could have scored more. You should believe in youselves though, 4th is there for the taking, beat liverpool and you put some distance between you and them. It is so close this year, with you, spuds and city keeping liverpool out. Perhaps the transfer window will determine who keeps in the race...............
Harry671
Didn't Villa fall off the perch last year like a dead canary? This is the first of many losses coming your way, the next will be against Liverpool. Tiny deluded club.
TergeHauge
Didn't Villa fall off the perch last year like a dead canary? This is the first of many losses coming your way, the next will be against Liverpool. Tiny deluded club.
TergeHauge
ignore e17yid, he has some kind of brain damage, i think he is related to a red indian tribe, and should be known as " talking ********* " if you play against liverpoo as well as you did today, you will stuff them it made such a refreshing change to see a team trying to win at the grove, and not go for the draw best of luck for the rest of the season
cornish gooner
ignore e17yid, he has some kind of brain damage, i think he is related to a red indian tribe, and should be known as " talking ********* " if you play against liverpoo as well as you did today, you will stuff them it made such a refreshing change to see a team trying to win at the grove, and not go for the draw best of luck for the rest of the season
cornish gooner
should have read "talking b*****ks
cornish gooner
should have read "talking b*****ks
cornish gooner
steako you should see the way villa fans are acting over on Vital Spurs....they remind me of...well...Spurs fans... (abuse towards posters removed) But seriously take a good luck at yourselves first before slating us. I mean jesus christ were not rivals, were both famous old clubs and both trying to sneak a top4 spot. Surely City and LPool are the main rivals here?? PEACE [Edited by FearVilla]
HuddersfieldYiddo
steako you should see the way villa fans are acting over on Vital Spurs....they remind me of...well...Spurs fans... (abuse towards posters removed) But seriously take a good luck at yourselves first before slating us. I mean jesus christ were not rivals, were both famous old clubs and both trying to sneak a top4 spot. Surely City and LPool are the main rivals here?? PEACE [Edited by FearVilla]
HuddersfieldYiddo
TergeHauge. We were beaten by a better team today like you were in August 3-1 remember? you stupid doley, we are not deluded, we are trying to aspire and become a top 4 team like you used to be! liverpoo have no money, warring owners a fat spanish waiter as a boss(who they cant afford to sack) a crap stadium and only 2 assetts who will be sold in the summer to pay off you spiraling debts. If villa dont get top 4, it will make no financial difference to us we will continue to improve the way we already have done in the last four years, liverpoo won't get champs league this year and maybe not even europa football, what is liverpoo's future then? Im afraid you are the deluded one my car stealing friend!!
claretandbluearmy
TergeHauge. We were beaten by a better team today like you were in August 3-1 remember? you stupid doley, we are not deluded, we are trying to aspire and become a top 4 team like you used to be! liverpoo have no money, warring owners a fat spanish waiter as a boss(who they cant afford to sack) a crap stadium and only 2 assetts who will be sold in the summer to pay off you spiraling debts. If villa dont get top 4, it will make no financial difference to us we will continue to improve the way we already have done in the last four years, liverpoo won't get champs league this year and maybe not even europa football, what is liverpoo's future then? Im afraid you are the deluded one my car stealing friend!!
claretandbluearmy
Makes me laugh all this "deluded bullsht"! If you can't post a relative comment then go back to your toys little boys and save the forum for decent posts! The game between Arsenal n Villa has nowt to do with Spuds or Pool. If ignorant posters wish to butt in then do so with some politeness will you. Maybe i have got this all wrong but as a true Villa fan i only go onto this vital and not onto others just to pee them off! Peace. UTV. BTW, i am not deluded!!
holte ender 1969
Makes me laugh all this "deluded bullsht"! If you can't post a relative comment then go back to your toys little boys and save the forum for decent posts! The game between Arsenal n Villa has nowt to do with Spuds or Pool. If ignorant posters wish to butt in then do so with some politeness will you. Maybe i have got this all wrong but as a true Villa fan i only go onto this vital and not onto others just to pee them off! Peace. UTV. BTW, i am not deluded!!
holte ender 1969
How'd I get dragged into this one?
los_angeles_villan
How'd I get dragged into this one?
los_angeles_villan
Jesus - who let the dogs out!!! Still 4th and kicking ass. And no way will we what we done last year.
RiF
Jesus - who let the dogs out!!! Still 4th and kicking ass. And no way will we what we done last year.
RiF
do - i forgot the "do". And thats because I'm playing COD 16 or whatever
RiF
do - i forgot the "do". And thats because I'm playing COD 16 or whatever
RiF
Agree with HuddersfieldYiddo, we are all aspiring to be in the top four, until one of us does it, no one is bigger than anyone else. Can't see where the stress is myself, we love our own teams, sod the others !
the fear
Agree with HuddersfieldYiddo, we are all aspiring to be in the top four, until one of us does it, no one is bigger than anyone else. Can't see where the stress is myself, we love our own teams, sod the others !
the fear
Nice balanced article and spot on. Arsenal deserved the win and they are too good to a side to keep giving them the ball back. Had our passing been 50 % better we might have sustained the pressure we put them under in the first half.
panchovilla
Nice balanced article and spot on. Arsenal deserved the win and they are too good to a side to keep giving them the ball back. Had our passing been 50 % better we might have sustained the pressure we put them under in the first half.
panchovilla
Correct Pancho. Arsenal are a quality team, and they are where we want to be, I believe in the near future we will be there, we are not capable of winning every game, so to be beaten at the emerites is no disgrace. UTV
claretandbluearmy
Correct Pancho. Arsenal are a quality team, and they are where we want to be, I believe in the near future we will be there, we are not capable of winning every game, so to be beaten at the emerites is no disgrace. UTV
claretandbluearmy
Unlucky chaps, I thought you would give us far more trouble than you did. I think you frustrated us in the first half but weren't very ambitious going forward. I think our overall possession and shots on target shows that we certainly won the game on merit, and we battered you in the second half! Fabregas is indeed a maestro in midfield, easily as good if not better than the Gerrards and Lampards of the PL - I'm gutted he's out for 3 weeks but hopefully we can cope. Good luck for the rest of the season, nick Liverpools spot!
Gunnerman
Unlucky chaps, I thought you would give us far more trouble than you did. I think you frustrated us in the first half but weren't very ambitious going forward. I think our overall possession and shots on target shows that we certainly won the game on merit, and we battered you in the second half! Fabregas is indeed a maestro in midfield, easily as good if not better than the Gerrards and Lampards of the PL - I'm gutted he's out for 3 weeks but hopefully we can cope. Good luck for the rest of the season, nick Liverpools spot!
Gunnerman
folks, keep comments clean on Vital football or avoid the place. Debate the points not the posters and if it isn't to do with you, why not just butt out?!
the fear
folks, keep comments clean on Vital football or avoid the place. Debate the points not the posters and if it isn't to do with you, why not just butt out?!
the fear
Being beaten by one of the two big London clubs is no big shame , Arsenal play football all other clubs only dream about on their day . Sunday was their day !
villan57
Being beaten by one of the two big London clubs is no big shame , Arsenal play football all other clubs only dream about on their day . Sunday was their day !
villan57
 

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