Date: 14th August 2008 at 10:14pm
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Following the 4-1 Villa win tonight against FH Hafnarfjordur, a happy Martin O’Neill told the official site:

‘That’s a very satisfactory outcome for us. I was concerned about the game beforehand, much as I was against Odense. But we’re fitter now and you could see that. We got the early goal, Gareth Barry was an absolute delight and we played particularly well going forwards. We had a few problems defensively but overall I was really satisfied. Obviously we’re in a very strong position now and we’ll hope to see the tie through.’

The game is surely out of sight for Hafner, Hafnar, errrm, Haff… or sod it, for the Icelandic team now?!

The goals from Ashley Young and Gabby Agbonlahor were top class and the lads are one step closer to full match fitness as the season starts.

MON admitted at times we were ‘lax’ and that they deserved their goal adding, ‘In the second-half the important thing was not to concede again and maybe add to our tally. That’s exactly what happened.’

He went on to talk about Gareth Barry who has had an interesting summer to say the least! The Villa boss told www.avfc.co.uk: ‘I spoke to him beforehand and he wanted to play. He knew the consequences of playing, just in case anything might happen in the next couple of weeks. But I think he wants to get mentally focussed now about the season. It’s a big, big season for him. He did fantastically well last year and got himself into the England squad and played exceptionally well. He doesn’t want to throw that away by not being fit for the start of the season.’

As MON says, Gareth Barry was superb tonight, the bloke – despite the summer problems – is quality, would rather him in our team than our competitors that is for sure.

Vital Villa asked before the match:

Would you play Barry in Uefa Cup game?

You betcha, 100% yes (92%)
Begrudgingly yes (4%)
Not in a month of Sunday’s (2%)
I wouldn’t but back MON’s decision (2%)

Our current poll asks for your man of the match votes.

End of saga? In football you never know, but lets hope so!