Date: 9th November 2006 at 9:40am
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Martin O’Neill held his hands up after Villa were slaughtered 4-0 by Chelsea last night declaring: ‘Let’s be honest, we were beaten by probably the best team around tonight, but I want us to come to these places and compete.’

Not only did Villa suffer a major embarrassment on the pitch, they also saw inspirational skipper Gareth Barry and Danish international defender Martin Laursen limp off the field with injuries.

O’Neill said after the game, ‘Next time I want to come here and compete. We did that when we came here in the League, but it wasn’t to be tonight. I still thought at half-time, even though we were 1-0 down, that we could get back into the game and give them a run for their money. But the second goal was a killer and the third and fourth just put the icing on the cake for them.’

O’Neill, who went over after the game to thank the travelling claret and blue army who were 6000 strong added, ‘The fans were terrific. I don’t want this to sound in any way patronising, but myself and the players all appreciate the backing we got here tonight. I know the chairman put on the free travel, but supporters still have to pay for tickets and take time off work. That’s a big commitment and we did appreciate. Unfortunately we didn’t give them anything to cheer about and that was disappointing. We have to look at Chelsea and think that’s where we want to be.’

‘We know we’ve still got a long way to go and that will take a while, but in the short term, we need to pick ourselves up for the weekend.’

Next up, Everton, who were knocked out of the cup by Arsenal.


24 Replies to “O’Neill Wants Villa To Compete”

  • It was a disappointing night. We went as under dogs, true. To go to Stamford Bridge and lose against the caliber of side Chelsea fielded is no disgrace. However to go and roll over and die is. We didn’t have a single shot on target all night, absolutely d

  • Wonder if any of the Chelsea reserves would like to come to the Villa, Wayne Bridge, SWP, Joe Cole or Geremi would be nice. Dissapointing result last night, but had to be expected with Chelsea being the only top club taking the competition seriously. Go

  • Here we go again, a short sighted, whinging Villa fan. I suppose Skeggy be calling for MON to resign next and the owners to sell up. Get it in to some perspective, we played a Chelsea team bank rolled by a Russian multi billionaire with 2 players costing

  • I think Villa underperformed last night, I didnt expect us to get anything but I felt we would put up a better fight. To be fair though losing Laursen and Barry meant the fight back wasnt every going to be on in the 2nd Half and they did look tired, its j

  • Reminded me of when we played them in the FA Cup final of 2000. We just went and rolled over. Time to face facts that the current players just aren’t good enough I think.

  • We had a bit of luck in the league their and at the emirates, the positive it shows we need to spend in jan if we had too much luck mon and randy might of thought twice about spending the amount the team needs.

  • deano chill out. It is impossible to compete just yet with a club who are losing a £140 million a year. We can have pride in defeat but there can be no pride for them when they are just buying trophies. Shevchenko cost more than the whole Villa team and t

  • just face it we were well beaten, but it will only get better. Chelsea are taking the cup seriously but they took us very sreiously too!

  • Chelsea took us seriously because they know in time, MON backed by Randy Lerner, will make us a threat. Not overnight but it will happen.

  • After what seems a life time of the egotistical parasite 3 years of the right ownership should hopefully put us right. then the missing fans might come down games like fulham charlton and not just man u.

  • THe injuries to Barry and Laursen shows just why it is so important to have a number of new players as soon as possible. At the moment both of these players are irreplaceable from our current resources. I agree with voiceoftheholte we are not in a possi

  • It’s amazing isn’t it? One bad defeat and one poor performance and the whingers are back on again. Probably the same that spend Saturday on the golf course continuing their Ellis boycott. Yes it was a poor performance and yes it was a bad defeat and a bad

  • Agree with Geordie Villa, afterall there are possibly only 4 or 5 players playing last night that Martin O’neill isn’t considering replacing.

  • I just felt we were good enough to get a shot on goal, im not pessimistic, i love the fact we are where we are and I love the fact that in 3 years time will be in an even better position and one of the big clubs again.Its a just an isolated criticism of o

  • I certainly wasn’t taking issue with your comments macca. Think it was the first comment which has annoyed people

  • I can not believe what I am reading. Villa fans are looking at positives and the ‘big’ picture. Sure, over the next few weeks, months and years, there will be some ups and probably as many downs. But the Villa are on the roll again. For the first time in

  • we’ve got time, we’ve waited years for success and seen nothing but backward steps, now we are going to march forward and give it a go, most fans know that I think.

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