Date: 24th August 2006 at 1:38pm
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Martin O’Neill has said ‘Gareth Barry was terrific’ after last nights performance against Reading and has re-stated that it is ‘really important’ that the 25-year-old midfielder stays at Villa.

O’Neill said: ‘Gareth Barry was terrific. He played really well and scored a fantastic goal to win it for us.We want to keep him and we are in the throes of doing something about it. I want him to stay. It is really important to us. He is a popular lad and we want to keep him. I don’t want to pre-empt anything but I definitely want him to stay at Villa.’

And on the match, O’Neill admitted Villa started ‘slowly in the game and that was not the plan.’

Adding: ‘We got ourselves a goal down and got into a bit of a tizz. But we got an equaliser from the penalty spot before the interval which was psychologically a bit boost. A great goal won the game for us but even then we couldn’t finish it off and have plenty to do but I was delighted with the win and the response from the fans and the players.’

 

26 Replies to “O’Neill – Barry Was Terrific”

  • Hmmmm I wonder what DO’H ( David O’ Heary would of said. it proberly would be something just over negative

  • Barry will thrive and play for England by the end of the Season. This is his team, we are on our way to greatness with our new captain, Olof also seems in more command with out the responsability.

  • MO’N was still cagey when asked about Barry’s future last night, but the fact he has been given the captaincy and he is clearly loving his football at the moment indicates to me he is staying at Villa Park.

  • Odreary would have been watching (listening for the resuly)
    I bet he is dreading the villa finishing anywhere near the top of the table. As for Barry its not just him, he scored because someone else crossed the ball. Crossing the ball was never an opti

  • Why is there still a question over Barry staying? If Barry doesn’t want to commit to Villa then sod him. Barry is a good player but we are a great club.

  • We need Barry to stay who else will pose in the kits and clothes available from the club shop??????

  • Agree 100% with the article heading. Lead by example. Losing him would be a tremendous blow, replacing him, very difficult.

  • FEEL SORRY FOR U LOT U GOTTA FACE MARTINS QUICKEST PLAYER IN PREM LEAG 100 METRES IN UNDER 11 SECS AND A PRITTY IMPRESSIVE GOALSCORIN RECORD TO GO WIT THAT HE’S GONNA RUN PAST UR DEFENDERS AS IF THEY WERE JUST STANDIN THEIR LOL. FEEL SORRY FOR YA AND JUST

  • ahaha. oh yeh were sooo scared of martins. ur defense is dire. we’ll have hit 3 past u by the time martins scores. newcastle = smalltime

  • Oi geordie boys,
    third button down on the left hand side of the keyboard. Press it. See, you can write in little letters like us.

  • Another over priced under achiever, like Luque, Asprilla, Mirandinho, oh and is he another midget to play up front with Owen and Duff ? Oh sorry I forgot Ameobi! Won nothing for 50 years go away quietly

  • Donzarra be gentle with them, the little letters are too close to joined up writing, and if Martins is that good Chelsea would have him by now. Sunday and the geordie boys won’t be singing anymore. UP THE VILLA

  • I’m sure I read somewhere that Gabby has also run the 100m in under 11 seconds, so we’re even! As for Barry he’s looking good this season…. hope he can push on like Lampard now he has the added responsibilty.

  • does’nt matter how fast he is, its what he can do with a ball at his feet that counts. even with a national hero, the goal machine that was shearer, you still didnt win jack. its gonna be a long drive home for you guys. you were sleep inducing in europe l

  • U LOT THINK YA BIG NA WIT YA LITTLE TAKE OVER WHO’S GONNA WANT TO JOIN THAT BUNCH OF WHANNA BEES WE’LL BEAT YA LIKE WE DID LAST SEASON EASY 2-1 VICTORY FOR THE TOON AND WHERE DID U FINISH EXACTLY U CAN SPREAD ALL INSULTS YA WANT BUT YA NO THE FACTS WE’VE

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