Date: 2nd April 2007 at 11:18pm
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Martin O’Neill said: ‘I feared all our hard work was going to be for nothing’ before Gabriel Agbonlahor slotted home the equaliser. Poor lad, I’d thought the players had fallen out with him, he spent the whole night on the wing only to see the ball constantly played the opposite side of the pitch!

The Villa boss added after the 1-1 draw

‘We definitely got what we deserved in the end. In the first-half we were very poor. We were nervous and unable to hold onto the ball. In the second-half, I thought considering we could have been dead and buried at half-time, we came roaring back and deserved something. The crowd realised that and were lifted by a number of second-half chances. That galvanised us and, though I feared we might not get the goal, we did and it was the least we deserved.’
Adding on ‘The second-half was terrific, but we’ve got to look at ourselves for what was a very, very poor first-half. We were tentative and edgy. At this stage of the season we’re just looking to get those points for safety. A win tonight would have put us 11th in the league, but in the end at least we took a point from the game. If Gabby’s goal had come earlier, who knows? I still thought once we got the goal that we might go on and win it. I think Everton sensed that as well, but we never really got enough possession after that.’

Can’t wait to get this season over with, just play the last few games and off we skip into a spending spree summer, we can’t have any more seasons like this, the one before, the one before, the one before……

Anyone else fancy doing a match report? Come on, lets have a different opinion!? Will check my mail box in the morning, if not it will be the usual JF ramble, and we don’t want that do we? (Link to my email address in editor details as above)


46 Replies to “O’Neill Feared The Worst”

  • neither can i understand why we can either… if we came our 2nd half we would of trounsed it, how that pen wasn’t given… ffs

  • why did it take [b]one[/b] player to make villa pass the ball on the ground.
    No good crying about spilt milk after the fact evertonMike. We all have to suffer it.

  • i accept we were dire second half, but should of been 2-0 up by HT. We needed them 2 points, which we lost because neville and osman are championship players at best.

  • Honours even, but Villa could have had all three points if they played in both 45 mins of the game.

  • Whatever was said at half time worked…and i think the turning point was taking McCann off. He gave away a needless free-kick and did nothing. I wont blame any particular player but seriously it is evident that McCann and Petrov are not effective together.
    The second half change saw Barry move into the middle of the field whilst Petrov played a fantastic role in helping the full-backs and driving us forward. Berger must start the next few games and i hope with McCann now suspended, we can re-shape for the season run-in.
    I would also not start Ashley Young and i preferred what i saw from Maloney. It’s time perhaps that we saw Luke Moore back too.
    Me thinks 42 points will be needed this season and a point from every game will just about see us through. Unfortunately, this will be another very dissapointing season for us……

  • The Manager has got the story of the game spot-on once again but the problem is that he isn`t rectifying them,McCann and Cahill had mares so replace them for next game? Set pieces are a joke both ends of the pitch so why doesn`t he shake up the team now and again,on the positive side he sorted them out at half-time and Maloney/Berger made a difference but it`s PAINFUL !!!!

  • Well maybe it has something to do with MON should have picked the team that played in the second half from the start!!

  • Maybe the players wont pass the ball to Gabby on the wing coz they know full well he’ll lose the ******** thing if they do!!!

  • Laursen, Maloney, and Berger start for me next game. We will get an hour out of Berger at best but he can be so influential its scary. Maloney looked superb last night and I cant wait to see more of him. I am still unsure of what Davis has to do to get on the pitch, but with Blackburn and Wigan a day apart I am sure we will see him next wk end. Also Moore has to be involved.

  • I have to agree with reza. I thought McCann was abysmal in the first half and when Berger came on he added that touch of quality in the midfield that we had been missing. It is clear that McCann and Petrov can’t play together and Petrov was a lot more influential when Barry moved inside. Maloney is going to be a quality player, his touch, awareness and pace were excellent when he came on and Gareth Barry was superb in the second half, really driving us forward and creating chances. The first half was painful to watch as we were just hitting long balls up to Carew. It was only when Maloney got in and around Carew that things started to happen. I really feared for our safety after the first 45 minutes, because we’d have been in big trouble if we’d lost. Berger has to start the next game and if we lose at Blackburn, the Wigan game could be massive

  • As for Gabby, its clear he is being told to play as a right midfielder, not a winger. You could see it from MON in the second half barking his orders at him. Its frustrating to see him not going forward when Bardsley comes up but he is clearly learning discipline and how more important it is to hold your shape. for a striker having to do that must be very frustrating, but him learning these lessons now he will become a better player for it. Give him a break he has played an entire season out of position for us, there are a lot of players out there that would have spat their dummies out by now but he has just got on with it – credit too him.

  • Petrov was shocking, i thought he was Jamie Carragher in disguise….. did nothing but pass the ball backwards until the last 5 minutes. McCann and Young were *****e too. Bring back Davis and Moore. Why Moore didn’t make the final 16 is beyond me.

  • Petrov was great 2nd half. Maccan suspended now, so he’ll have to play Maloney or Berger and/or Young. Mellberg and Cahill had terrible games, but if you’ve lost confidence and are always on the back foot it’s hard. We must bear in mind we’ve only had three games in 5 1/2 weeks and Everton are an in form side. Very impressed with both managers post match interviews.

  • I said recently that McCann gives 100% every game and as supporters that is all we ask. It is up to the manager after that to either improve players or find somebody better. We need to find someone better. Petrov played that deeper role much more effectively than McCann. When you only play two central midfielders they both have to be effective at passing, tackling, creating, scoring and have a general all round game. McCann can tackle and play a simple ball but this is not nearly enough when there are just two of them in the middle. It is making Petrov look poor. There is then a choice of players that can play left (Berger, Barry, Maloney) or in the middle (Barry Berger, Davis). Up front it was criminal not to have luke Moore on the bench at least. Ashley Young would be better out on the right whilst Gabi would prefer the central role alongside Carew. There are lots of permutations, unfortunately M’ON hasn’t found the right one yet.

  • Hmmm,you did sooooo well to land Ashley Young.Same money as Tottenham paid for Dimitar Berbatov.BARGAIN..!!He he he

  • Well said VOTH: The only thing I would say to that is MON doesn’t appear to have tried to find the right permutation. He just keeps picking the same players who do the same things every game. Until, like last night they were forced to try something different, and waddya know…it worked!!!

  • Ive been on holiday for the last 3 months and last night was the first game ive manged to watch in ages. I was hoping a few things have changed The 1st half was one of the worst ive ever seen, 2nd half was better but we still never look like scoring even when we have the ball insde the box. Carew looks good but seems to need alot of chances to score. Barry, Berger and Petrov in the middle is a must when playing physical teams. Gabby and Maloney on the wings and carew upfront. Why dont we use the same tactics we used for the first 9 games of the season??

  • Ashley Young cost £7.5 million. With the possibility of add ons this could rise to £9 million. Time will tell if this is good business or not. However time did tell on the £12 million that was paid for Rebrov. Bargain..!! He He He. Fool. Go infest your own site and come back on here when you have won as much as the Villa.

  • Cannot fault the effort last night, however the actual skill level and application wasnt too clever. We look short on confidence and need to score early to settle the nerves.
    I think that both Davis and Moore should be in for the next game, they will give us a bit more energy and control………I would also have Angel on the bench, we just needed another threat in the box for the last 15 mins. Lets hope we get at least a point and a win over the easter period and then we can relax and look forward to next year.

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