Date: 13th May 2007 at 6:08pm
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Martin O’Neill said the team deserved at least a point after playing their final game of the season at the Reebok Stadium today.

Villa came away with a 2-2 draw, making 19% who voted in our prediction poll correct (69% said win, 3% said we’d lose and 9% didn’t care as they were going dressed as cowboys!!!).

The Villa boss said: ‘The players have shown a lot of character again and deserved at least a point. I thought we were great again. We scored two fantastic goals that were there for all to see and we showed plenty of guts and character. We were unlucky to find ourselves a goal down after having the better of things in the early stages. But we equalised with a fantastic goal from Craig Gardner and at half-time I felt pretty confident. They took the wind out of our sails by scoring a second and then we just lost it for a little while – maybe ten minutes. But then we came roaring back, scored another great goal and had a couple of chances to win it in the end.’

‘Overall I’m disappointed we didn’t go onto win the game, but this was a decent point against a side that have qualified for next season’s Uefa Cup. We showed an unwillingness to accept defeat and came from behind again. That’s been a bit of a trademark towards the end of the season. We’ve lost just ten games this season and I think there’s only three teams above us who have done better than that this season. The truth of the matter is that we’ve drawn an awful lot of games. But I think the fans will look at how we’ve finished the season and say it bodes well for next year.’

He has also said that he won’t be taking much of a break this summer as he prepares for next season. With a full pre-season to prepare this summer he told the official site:

‘It’s going to be much better for me and I’m hoping that it will be better for the club. I don’t think two weeks is enough time to prepare for the Premiership, but I knew that at the time. It was a case of either going in at the deep end or hanging around while someone else came in and took the job. And a job that I really wanted to do might not have been there for me again. I think overall the extra time this season to prepare, knowing the squad much better than I knew them back in August, should stand us in better stead. Next season we should be better equipped. We may not get off to the same start as this season, but I believe overall we will be better prepared for it.’

Adding about the excitement for the 2007/08 season: ‘I think you definitely need a week or two away, but there’s a general excitement about wanting to get back to work. Obviously, with the new premises at Bodymoor Heath, it’s going to be great. Next week I’d like to get the contracts sorted for people – before I do anything I would like to resolve that. Players who have played this season deserve to take their place before any new acquisitions come in. It would be great to get things resolved so that I’d be getting back here early pre-season with a number of players in tow – I don’t want to be charging around in the last couple of days before August.’


42 Replies to “O’Neill Looking To Next Season”

  • tell you what andy townsend would do a hell of a job in your team now hehe …. dwight yorke asd well !! thats championship class !!!

  • Not sure what DnC is trying to say? A good result against a tough side playing for Fat Sam. Wonder who he supports – bet it’s Spurs, they all seem to be to55ers.

  • Luke Moore’s second goal was quality, it was even better when the camera panned to John Robertson in the technical area and you could see him watching the celebrating players and saying “What a f****** goal!”

  • great goals by 2 future talents. bring on the summer transfer window and next season. 5 or 6 new signings should do the trick here is my wish list 1gk(boruc), 1rb(da silva of seville), 1cb (distan or dunne), 1cm (reo coker or sissoko), 1 winger(riberry or sneijder) and most important 1 striker(huntelaar, klose, luca toni, alves or d bent) this is a wish list prob wont get them all 2 or 3 would be ok, id be happy as long as we went to europe and not to the lower leagues for our signings, ill keep the faith with whatever o’neil decides

  • David james’ comments in the Guardian are worth reading – He reckons Villa will be the club most likely to break into the top 4 and that Spurs only look good but will disappoint once more!

  • Both goals were excellent yesterday. A point at Bolton good result i’d say but I am still worried about us conceding the first goal. Hughes has done himself no favours yesterday unfortunately as I was one of his supporters.

  • Young was awesome yesterday, his delivery is excellent. Carew needs to work on his heading and he’ll get 15 goals next season no problem…..

  • New players in tow….. MON has already decided who he wants to target…. just a matter of getting them to sign. I know the players and management need a break but don’t you jut wish the season started next week with the players we have.

  • Roller coaster of a season. We were extremely unlucky with how are fixtures fell mid season and would have gone down without the ability to spend late in August and January. We need to perform far better against the top six sides and in the cups next season. Be interesting to see who we’ll sign. One thing for sure I don’t want Joey barton in our side.

  • I have a bad feeling Davis will be on his way,and probably for a pittence.Looking foward to some new faces just dont want the development of Gabby,Moore and Gardner to be hindered.

  • have to agree young looked outstanding on the wing yesterday,the man has everything in his locker.equally good with right or left,skill,pace,delivery and excellent football brain.what a player he is going to be,what a we know why so many clubs tried to get him.

  • Man City are in a bit of turmoil and the only thing that kept them up this season has been their reasonably strong defence. Micah Richards and Distin would improve our squad. Scott Parker and Darren Bent would also be welcome additions.

  • Think we have a chance with Distin, Parker and Bent – all with something to prove so the hunger would be there. Now that Young is on form I’m just wondering whether SWP could ever fit into our team? We’d have no chance with Micah as he wants Arsenal.

  • As far as I’m concerned we’ve had a superb first season under O’
    Neill. Hands up who was worried this time last season ?? Ye[, that’d be all of us. King Martin has improved us from 16th to a very close 11th in his first season in charge. Easy placings under a good manager. From here on progress will be slower but definite – there are some good teams above us, and I’m not talking about the Big Fat Four, but the likes of Everton, Spurs and Bolton – next season I expect us to be challenging these teams for the UEFA places. And I think Mr O’Neill is going to take us there. Viva la revolution !!

  • MON is obviously quite correct when he states that all twenty premiership clubs kick off equal next August, but its difficult to ignore the positives surrounding the playing staff, that were once again in evidence at The Reebok yesterday. Yes we do have problem positions that need improving upon, but it has been many a year since we have entered the summer with so much anticipation and belief as we look forward to the new season ahead. An interesting couple of months of further rebuilding and strengthening lay ahead of us. Lets enjoy the fun.

  • i reckon distin is a likely signing, it makes a lot of sense. bellamy is a good player but i’d prefer we didn’t sign him – agbonlahor can be better. darren bent would be my choice for a striker. don’t know why anyone even flirts with the idea we might get micah richards!? if he leaves its for one of the top 4. would love parker or nolan.

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