Date: 18th November 2008 at 6:14pm
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Ashley Young hasn’t only praised O’Neill’s tactics against Arsenal, he also had a few words to say about the midfield.

Wish I’d have seen this one earlier, I’d have put it in the other article.

Speaking on the official site – I really need to find a new way of saying that – how about On the official site speaking?

Anyway, Ashley has praised the performance of all 3 midfield players against Arsenal, positively raving about how they bossed the midfield.

‘It was a massive team performance and I thought everyone dug deep – but the midfield three was key for us.

‘We won the game there – they were brilliant.

‘Stan coming back into the team was vital. He’s been brilliant all season. In my opinion, he has been our best player.

‘It was great to have him back and I thought we looked good with him in there. He was immense.

‘Steve was disappointed with the Middlesbrough mistake but he didn’t let that play on his mind. He put in a brilliant performance too.

‘And Gareth’s display was what we have come to expect. He was full of running and showed his class throughout.’

Still an amazing change for Petrov, this season O’Neill’s belief in the former Celt has certainly been vindicated.