Writer: Mike Field
Date:Saturday January 2 2010
Martin O'Neill paid special tribute tonight to the likes of Delboy, Delphy and Guzan after they each made impressive contributions to our 3-1 victory.
Speaking on the Official Site after the match Monny was positively delighted with the performance of the team and the margin of the victory, given Blackburn's goal was in fact their only shot on target it seems.
Delboy certainly impressed the gaffer who still thinks there's more to come from him.
'Nathan started very brightly and got the goal he was capable of, there's much more to come from him.'
For Delph, it took a last minute fitness test and from the sound of it a bit of begging to play.
'I thought Delph's first half performance was excellent, I wouldn't have given him a chance of playing last night because he's been ill for the last few days.'
Monny continues to explain what appeared to be a bizarre subbing of Delph given how well he was performing by saying that the agreement was they'd see how long he could last, but at half time he wasn't feeling too bright so they made the decision to let him rest up again.
As for Guzan, Monny wasn't too concerned with the mistake that led to their goal, preferring instead to focus on his superb penalty save again.
'We're getting to the stage with him now where you expect him to save it - I suppose it's rather unfair on him.'
There's a fair amount of truth in that I suppose, his record on spotkicks speaks for itself now and the obvious comparisons to another penalty king, Bozzie, have been well made previously.
The only real concern for Monny was that he felt we got too complacent after the second goal.
'I thought we got a bit casual. We got sloppy, for no apparent reason.'
Adding it was the type of game where really we should've put the match completely beyond them and not made life difficult for ourselves when they did get the goal.
It's back to winning ways though, a boost for the Carling semi double header, and a good performance again from the backup players.
The only downside was not seeing Clark or Albrighton to be fair, but their chances will come again I'm sure.
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Date:Saturday January 2 2010
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