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Delighted With Del and Delph - The Verdict

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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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 2 2010

Time: 9:04PM

Your Comments

"We are hoping to get a couple of players in because it is a long season ahead of us." Quote on sky sports website, maybe we are looking to do some business then i was under the impression that nothing at all would be done in this window apart from maybe a few fringe players leaving
clarkamus
"We are hoping to get a couple of players in because it is a long season ahead of us." Quote on sky sports website, maybe we are looking to do some business then i was under the impression that nothing at all would be done in this window apart from maybe a few fringe players leaving
clarkamus
oh and well done to all the l;ads who stepped up to the mark today it shows our delf,delph,depth is as good as we thought
clarkamus
oh and well done to all the l;ads who stepped up to the mark today it shows our delf,delph,depth is as good as we thought
clarkamus
Delph Is Emense! Play him instead of Petrov! his final Ball 9/10, Skill 9/10, Shot 9/10! he is Good!
Tr1dent
Delph Is Emense! Play him instead of Petrov! his final Ball 9/10, Skill 9/10, Shot 9/10! he is Good!
Tr1dent
Good Job Boys!
magicmerson
Good Job Boys!
magicmerson
Delph and The Fonz were the best thing about the game , Imagine Milner and Delph in Centre Midfield , They pass , they Move They WANT the ball , the hunt it down ! The Fonzes movement and touch is already ahead of Gabby?
villan57
Delph and The Fonz were the best thing about the game , Imagine Milner and Delph in Centre Midfield , They pass , they Move They WANT the ball , the hunt it down ! The Fonzes movement and touch is already ahead of Gabby?
villan57
Enjoyed watchin Delph stroke the ball around 1st half, & was dissapointed with his withdrawal(apparently he was well un der the weather)..thought fonz touch & movement was a little wayward at times but showed a few glimpses & scored, 3 in 3 !!!!!Guzan saved the pen, however was a little at fault for there goal even if he was slightly touched (he would probably tell u that himself)...also thought cokey played well, especially with delph 1st half, although after trackin back initially did let the guy who went down for the pen get goal side of him(pen looked very weak mind you, have'nt seen the replay)...sidwell was dissapointing & not really sure vwhat he offers us.....
marcobavfc
Enjoyed watchin Delph stroke the ball around 1st half, & was dissapointed with his withdrawal(apparently he was well un der the weather)..thought fonz touch & movement was a little wayward at times but showed a few glimpses & scored, 3 in 3 !!!!!Guzan saved the pen, however was a little at fault for there goal even if he was slightly touched (he would probably tell u that himself)...also thought cokey played well, especially with delph 1st half, although after trackin back initially did let the guy who went down for the pen get goal side of him(pen looked very weak mind you, have'nt seen the replay)...sidwell was dissapointing & not really sure vwhat he offers us.....
marcobavfc
sidwell is a major disappointment for me just doesn't seem to want it enough .He never tries to impose himself on the game or look to boss it like a top centre midfielder should.It was a shame Delph had to go off as he has the full range of skills for that position looking to play the ball forwards whenever possible and maintaing a quicker tempo.Given time delph and milner could be an excellent pairing both have energy and ability and are not afraid to shoot.Yesterdy we didn't move the ball quickly enough to take advantage of the extra man and our forwards didn't make enough movement up front to offer options either.The lack of atmosphere didn't help the players,but sometimes those with something to prove need to motivate themselves ie.sidwell.
kevo
sidwell is a major disappointment for me just doesn't seem to want it enough .He never tries to impose himself on the game or look to boss it like a top centre midfielder should.It was a shame Delph had to go off as he has the full range of skills for that position looking to play the ball forwards whenever possible and maintaing a quicker tempo.Given time delph and milner could be an excellent pairing both have energy and ability and are not afraid to shoot.Yesterdy we didn't move the ball quickly enough to take advantage of the extra man and our forwards didn't make enough movement up front to offer options either.The lack of atmosphere didn't help the players,but sometimes those with something to prove need to motivate themselves ie.sidwell.
kevo
 

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