Date: 22nd January 2008 at 9:40am
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Martin O’Neill spoke to avfc.co.uk after the 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield last night.

The Villa boss said, following a poor start where we gave the ball away far too cheaply:

‘At times, we just need a bit of belief. I know I keep talking about it but it’s very important. But we have gained our 40th point of the season tonight which is terrific. At half-time, we knew we had to go and do something about it. In the second half, we weathered an early storm by Liverpool when they were trying to get the second goal. We came out of that spell and started to get into it.’

Adding, ‘Marlon came on and suddenly we get an equaliser. He made a big contribution. We had the confidence to go and get ourselves in front. It would have been great to hold on for a fantastic victory but it wasn’t to be.’

He also praised the away fans who once again were in fine voice.

Meanwhile Rafa Benitez (or as the Everton fans now call him Rafa Beneath-us) said on the Liverpool official site:

‘We were controlling the game and creating all of the chances, but we needed to score the second goal to kill the game off. If we’d have scored the second goal I’m sure we’d have scored more because we were playing well. I told the players after the game that if you can’t kill off the game you will give the other team hope and that was what happened. They were waiting for a free kick and they scored from two set pieces.’ Adding, ‘We had the chances to win, but we didn’t take them and in the end you have to be happy because we could have lost.’