Date: 4th May 2008 at 9:16am
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Martin O’Neill spoke after the Villa no show leading to a 2-0 defeat by Wigan at Villa Park.

The Villa boss told the official site how ‘hugely disappointed’ he was for the fans. I must admit from my vantage point sitting right by the bench, he looked a million miles away from a happy man, in fact he looked angry and bemused at the ‘performance’. With everything to play for, well 5th place anyway, the lack of ….. well anything from the players, was mystifying, especially in front of a full house.

MON said: ‘This was a low point today and I’m obviously very disappointed, for the players, for myself and particularly for the supporters. They came here with high expectation today having supported the team all year. Today was a day when we just didn’t perform. ‘

He also felt that even when we went 2-0 down there was time but his team failed to get any sort of rhythm and didn’t put the sort of pressure on Wigan that we had against Bolton, Blues and Derby, as well as in our 2-2 v Everton.

‘We have to accept that we should have created more. If you’d asked me before the game I would have said we were certs to score today.’

And on the final game of the season he said: ‘I accept the fact we can still win at West Ham and finish in the top-six this season. That would obviously represent a substantial improvement from the side. What’s disappointing is that we had this opportunity to put real pressure on Everton by winning our game and we failed to do that.’

Mathematically we can still finish 5th but we now need Everton to lose today against Arsenal and next week against Newcastle United. If not 6th is what we’ll be going for and to guarantee that we need to win or hope that Pompey (not in for the inter two bob), Blackburn and Man City don’t win, the latter two are also both registered for the Inter. After such a valiant effort it would be crushing to see us drop down lower than 6th that is for sure.