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O'Neill Upbeat Despite Loss

O'Neill Upbeat Despite Loss

O'Neill admits we were well beaten last night by Benfica, but there are plenty of positives to take from the game.

Speaking on the Official Site following the 4-1 thumping O'Neill admitted there was a world of difference when it came to the fitness and sharpness of both teams over the 90 minutes.

'It was a proper test, it will bring us on immensely. I have learnt more from this game that I did from the match the night before.'

Commenting that the fitness levels of Benfica, their sharpness and how comfortable they were on the ball is something that we must clearly aspire to.

'The game was very important. We played against a side who always keep the ball, they played some little ones twos, and you're chasing the game for good periods of the match. Maybe not now, but eventually it should stand us in good stead.

'The game showed the kind of levels that Benfica are playing at and what we have to achieve.'

As an overall positive, Monny thinks the games against Feyenoord, Benfica and the home Valencia clash should help give the players a real appetite for European games this season.

'These are the games for players who do not have a great deal of European experience. For instance, Marc should be going to the video and having a little look. Against Feyenoord he was able to go past two or three players and then suddenly a couple of Benfica players were quick, closing him down, closing that space and making you think. That is as good a lesson as any.'

It was certainly a disappointing night. We were no where near our best although we did pick things up in the second half.

That said it's hard to put too much stock in pre season matches because they are about fitness first and foremost.

If we needed a 4-1 drubbing as a wake up call for some of the players I'd have much rather have had it last night, than in a fortnight.

The highlight has clearly been Albrighton coming in, and Lichaj clearly improving but it would've been nice to see far more of others to see if they could step up.

Namely Bannan who hardly put a foot wrong but could've done with 90 minutes straight to see whether he can hack it over the time without disappearing. At the moment he looks like a brilliant supersub to come on and give something different, especially as he doesn't mind shooting from 35 yards and again it would've been nice to see far more of Clark especially as - both with injuries and performances - our defence looks hugely dicey at the moment and if push comes to shove and Clark has to start against Wet Spam it would've been nice for him to have got more pitch time first.

Although to be fair, that hardly effected him against Fulham last season did it.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Monday August 2 2010
Time: 5:37PM

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he is either upbeat, or threatens to leave the club
snackiest
02/08/2010 18:23:00
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aha it metions european football in there, so does that mean we going to field strong sides in that, really if i was one of those fans that travelled to russia and watching an under 12 villa side i would have sued villa :)
snackiest
02/08/2010 18:31:00
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@snackiest - no it doesnt mean that, because MON is already talking about Europe as being the goal for younger players. So that shows he isnt thinking of fielding strong teams. Personally, I think it would be a great shame to not show respect for the Europa League as we need to attract some players with more flair like we saw last night, and if the have never seen us challanging in Europe, they wont be impressed with a 6th place PL finish! Besides, if we don't strengthen in the TW we won't be finishing in a EL place next season! As you can clearly see in the poll on the left with the majority predicting us to finish 8th if we dont strengthen!
villa_de
02/08/2010 20:34:00
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i have everything crossed that Albrighton is going to come in and set the PL on fire. Memories of watching peace cup and him serving in cross after cross that defied belief in terms of pace and accuracy come to mind.
sonicdeathmonkey
03/08/2010 14:14:00
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Not really all that much Mart could say after that result/performance. We were well beaten by a vastly superior side, arguably the best Benfica team since the Eusebio era. Just shows how much work we have to do if we seriously want to meet again at the top table with these quality teams in the Champions League. Good workout though for our lads, and hopefully the benefit of all of the pre-season games will stand us in good stead for our opening premiership fixture of the new campaign, against West Ham United. Plus point against Benfica, well it had to be the form of Big John Carew, who really looked up to the task, and is clearly going to be a very important performer for us this season. Without his goal threat, we look very impotent up front, and that surely is an area that MON needs to be looking to address before the new season gets underway. Marc Albrighton has obviously enjoyed a very good pre-season, as he indeed did in the summer of 2009. He's the flavour of the month with supporters, but whether or not he can break into Mart's starting line-up and become a key premier league footballer, we can only wait and see.
glensider
03/08/2010 19:03:00
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