Date: 7th February 2010 at 10:32am
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Martin O’Neill pointed out in his official site post match reaction (Click Here) the rock that was our keeper yesterday v Spurs also saying how fantastic the boys at the back were for us.

On the defenders he said ‘They are prepared to be very, very brave when it is demanded.’ And on Brad Friedel ‘I just think Brad has been exceptional. In the last number of weeks now, his performances have been terrific. He’s having a great time. I think he has been reinvigorated with the coming in of Brad Guzan. They get on very well together but there is a bit of competition.’

On the game he admitted it was ‘difficult’ and had hoped that the side would have made more out of our counter attacks.

‘Tottenham are a very fine side and they pegged us back in the second half. In the last 20 minutes of the game, they were putting it into the penalty area, which is absolutely their prerogative to do that.’

MON with hand to mouth

Appy Arry told the Official Spurs site

‘I thought we played well and that’s always the main thing for me. We created all the chances but just couldn’t get the break. I thought we were the better side and I thought the same when we drew at Villa Park. They got some great blocks in and their centre-halves kept throwing their bodies in the way. They did that well and they are well-known for doing that. I couldn’t fault the way we played.’ Adding ‘It would have been great to get the three points but it wasn’t to be.’

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5 Replies to “Villa & Spurs Managers Relatively Happy With Point”

  • Absolutly magicmerson & Fear, if we are keeping clean sheets and collecting points on performances like that (sarcastically aimed at the attacking side of the team!!!) then I for one am happy, would have been good to win as would it be to have a 6 figure salary but hey ho, we muddle through!

    Bring on Utd, we’ve kept Defoe quiet, just need to do the same to Rooney and should be more points in the bag 🙂

  • ant1ant1, have to agree with you there. If Defoe had the ability to get the ball down and protect it he might have had more luck against such a packed box (though he possibly should of had a pen ;-)). Rooney is a totally different class and if you sit back like that agaisnt United I’d expect him to find the space to score. Maybe our lot should get their notebooks ready and watch how its done!

  • Mjb we creamed you in the first half of the Villa Park game so make that 135 mins , Ashley Young was running you ragged then harry made a switch that took Ash out of the game and it was yours from then on . Thats the major difference between us , Martin would have changed Heskey for Carew or Sidwell (which seems to be the only moves he makes} while we have some young dynamic talent sitting on the bench getting piles .

  • I don’t remember you “creaming” us for 45 mins but I get you point. We have the same issues with Harry making the same predictable changes each game…..or lack of in saturdays case. That is the point I was making with Villa though. Player for Player I think we are very similar but considering the flare players that you do have MON does tend to set you up fairly negatively especially against the top half of the table. I watched you’re United game earlier in the seasona nd in all fairness I thought United dominated you only for you to nick a one goal win. Thats all very well but is that how MON will approach the Champions Leauge games if you are the ones to make it? If I were a Villa fan I’d like to see him send the team out to have a real goat sides because you definitely have teh players to do it and the defenders to cope if it left you a little open at times. Thats just my opinion though.

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