Date: 26th October 2008 at 7:36pm
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Martin O’Neill seems happier than a Gold in mud at the moment, not content with caring and battling our way to a win against Ajax, we were outstanding against Wigan.

Speaking on the official site after the thumping 0-4 away victory at the JJB, O’Neill had to single out Gabby Agbonlahor for a ‘faultless’ performance yet again.

‘I thought we were fantastic today.

‘We had great energy, great determination – in fact, great everything.

‘I was very concerned about the game beforehand after our efforts on Thursday night. But it couldn’t have worked out better for us.

‘The players were brilliant, absolutely brilliant and I couldn’t be more pleased.

‘There are many points in any game where you think ‘that was a major factor’ and one of them today, in my opinion, was when Brad made a great save when we were 3-0 up.

‘If we had conceded at that point with some time left in the game, anything could have happened.

‘But we are so capable when going forward – particularly when a game opens up.

‘We have the players to attack sides and cause loads of problems.’

We certainly do have the players and given Gabby’s ‘never say die’ performance on Thursday I’m sure many fans would’ve forgiven him for being a little less than sparky today, however the opposite was true. The goal he grabbed probably makes this a better performance for him, than the one he put in against Ajax.

O’Neill continued:

‘Gabby was absolutely fantastic, from start to finish. He continued the form he showed on Thursday.

‘It was top quality centre-forward play – he was faultless. I am delighted he got the goal because he definitely deserved it.’

Commenting on the Gareth Barry injury and forced substitution, O’Neill said:

‘I am hoping he will be ok. He said if there hadn’t been a half-time interval, he would have been able to continue on.

‘When we iced it up in the dressing room at the break, it became swollen and uncomfortable. We will see how he feels in the morning.’