Date: 18th January 2009 at 11:06am
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Martin O’Neill said after the 2-1 win at the Stadium of light that the ‘boys have done brilliantly’ against a tough Sunderland opposition.

He also told the official site he didn’t know ‘where they found it from’ when talking about their resolve.

The Villa boss said: ‘They found great resolve and great inner strength to fight back for the win. We have done that in a lot of games this season and I have the utmost regard for the players for that. It seemed to be, from where I was standing, an eventful game. Sunderland scored – and deserved to – and it took us some time to get into our stride. After the goal, it was a difficult period but we weathered that and then in the last 20 minutes of the first half, we came into the game and got a bit of rhythm about ourselves.’

Adding, ‘In the second half, I thought we did brilliantly. I thought James Milner was fantastic. It’s something I shouldn’t be shouting about in these parts as an ex-Newcastle man but I was delighted with him. He was fantastic.’

Looks like James Milner is becoming, more and more, a key player for Villa. Think that is what most of us expected isn’t it? So nice that it is working out!

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