Date: 18th October 2008 at 7:34pm
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Martin O’Neill believes our second half dominance should have warranted all 3 points in todays game.

There were plenty of chances in the game, and to be honest either side could’ve won it today, yet with our possession we have been made to rue spurned opportunities to pick up another 3 points and banish the memory of the Chelsea match.

Speaking on the official site, O’Neill said:

‘I thought the second half belonged to us. We exerted a lot of pressure but unfortunately without reward at the end of it.

‘It was always going to be a hard-fought match. I thought we did enough to get all three points but it wasn’t to be.

‘I just wish we could have converted some of those half chances. John Carew had a header which scraped the bar and from where I was standing, I thought it was in. Had we won the game, I would have said we deserved it.

‘I thought we would break them at some point because we have players in the side who can do that.

‘While we weren’t at our free-flowing best, I thought with the pressure and the crowd behind us, something might give.’

Free flowing best is one comment you can’t make about todays game but most of that was due to the whistle happy ref, and it ruined the type of football you expect Villa and Pompey to play.

O’Neill continued:

‘There was a concern with the lads who played international football. Ironically, the best player on the pitch in my opinion was Stiliyan Petrov – who played in Georgia on Wednesday evening.

‘I thought he was terrific. His defensive work was great and his driving forward was immense too.’

Maybe we should’ve had all 3 points, that’s open for debate. Last season though this type of scrappy game would’ve seen us more than likely lose, so as we continue to improve I’m certainly happy with the point, as I’d have taken it before the match.