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O'Neill's Praise For The Delphboys

Martin O'Neill has singled out Fabian Delph's approach to criticism as being hugely refreshing, and said he expects big things from him and Delfouneso next season.

Speaking on the Official Site O'Neill praised the desire of Delph to improve by forensically studying his own performances and by being his own biggest critic after games.

'His attitude is refreshing. Sometimes you can be incredibly critical of yourself to the point that you become despondent, but there's nothing for him to be despondent about.'

O'Neill adds that by Delph's own values he wants to make a big impact in games, and he hasn't done that yet and that his opportunities have been limited, but the experienced gained in the games he has played, such as the Man U clash, have been great for him.

He also says that he believes Delph understands he hasn't made the typical 'step up' from a lower division, ie to a mid table or lower side where he might well have played more games...he joined us!

'He's joined a team sitting sixth or seventh in the league, hovering around the Champions League spot. A team in the League Cup Final, a team in the fifth round of the FA Cup, desperate to get through to the quarter final.

'He hasn't just come into a side that is trying to stay in the league.'

For me that makes his appearances all the more better because at least from my perspective his addition has added some bite to our midfield when he's been there.

Monny signs off in saying:

'Delph and for that matter, Delfouneso, have wonderful ability. I expect those two boys to be really, big players for us next season.'

You and me both Martin.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 18 2010

Time: 5:46PM

Your Comments

Can't wait. Hopefully we will see more of them this season.
Adam Deuce
Can't wait. Hopefully we will see more of them this season.
Adam Deuce
They would be and should be big players already. Hope we don't have to wait too long.
stennyvilla
They would be and should be big players already. Hope we don't have to wait too long.
stennyvilla
Let them boys have a run against burnley I reckon.. Give some of the lads a rest for the game on Wednesday.
smokey_jnr
Let them boys have a run against burnley I reckon.. Give some of the lads a rest for the game on Wednesday.
smokey_jnr
Aye, put Gabby and James on the bench i reckon for Burnley. They can always come on should things not be going too well!
Charizma
Aye, put Gabby and James on the bench i reckon for Burnley. They can always come on should things not be going too well!
Charizma
I agree they should be given a crack at Burnley.
magicmerson
I agree they should be given a crack at Burnley.
magicmerson
Dunno about benching Gab and Jim but I would say if we get a two goal lead then that would be the time to do it...otherwise Burnleys bruisers may roll over delph early in the game and kill his confidence.
koolbill
Dunno about benching Gab and Jim but I would say if we get a two goal lead then that would be the time to do it...otherwise Burnleys bruisers may roll over delph early in the game and kill his confidence.
koolbill
is that a hint we will not begetting a new striker in the summer
one match ban
is that a hint we will not begetting a new striker in the summer
one match ban
One match ban, i hope not! Carew can be great on the day, but whens the day? heskey is...., agbonlahor is great with his speed but he needs a player to play with him? :L, delfounso is greeatt but we need to sell emile and get a new striker! huntlaaa
Tr1dent
One match ban, i hope not! Carew can be great on the day, but whens the day? heskey is...., agbonlahor is great with his speed but he needs a player to play with him? :L, delfounso is greeatt but we need to sell emile and get a new striker! huntlaaa
Tr1dent
 

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