Date: 6th April 2009 at 9:09am
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Martin O’Neill tried to take the positives out of the game following our last minute loss to Manchester United yesterday.

He told the Villa website:

‘That was very hard to take. We were splendid throughout the game. We went behind and came roaring back to take the lead – and deservedly so. The equalising goal went through someone’s legs and left Brad unsighted – that can happen in a game. But for the winner it was a definite foul on Ashley in the corner beforehand. The linesman was looking at it from about a yard and a half away and refused to give it – and so did the referee.’

A foul done by a Manchester United player? Don’t be daft, Man Utd players don’t foul opponents, or if they do it is obviously in the rules they are allowed to as free-kicks aren’t awarded!

He also bemoaned the 5 minutes of injury time saying ‘psychologically it was a blow’.

‘To come out of the game with something would have been a major boost but we haven’t done. The irony of it all was I thought we were fantastic – really brilliant.’

MON says Villa will get ‘great confidence’ from the performance, hopefully enough to fuel us until the end of the season with a decent run starting with Everton!

Promising that although Arsenal are now 6 points ahead, Villa are still ‘in there fighting.’

 

7 Replies to “Villa Will Take Confidence From Old Trafford”

  • Crucial match next week against Everton. We’re at war on two fronts now. Not only are we still battling for fourth place – we’re also battling for fifth!

  • What a suprise, non-villains trying to ruin the mood of a pretty good performance. Yes united had big players out but we more than matched them. We gifted them a goal with a silly back-pass but we fought back and went 2-1 up. If you compare the way we played yesterday to our previous 5 games you’ll understand why we think we deserved something. We were just unlucky due to a quality unstoppable finish at the death and poor biased officials. Lets talk about the yids performance at Blackburn shall we? No?

  • Utd did have players missing but they also had the ref playing for them!! Villa had players missing too…Laursen, Sidwell, Bouma, Heskey so our team was weaken too, It was a very good performance.

  • but to be fair you should of been 4-1 up at half time anyway so the unstoppable goal at the death wouldn’t of mattered….. i understand that you feel a bit hard done by after the way you played against us the week before but come on young was to greedy alot of times milner played the wrong pass about 3 times in which all would have left a great shooting chance gabby was wasteful as well so all in all you really should have rapped the game up in the first half but hey dont start moaning when you dont get in to the champions league because its your own thought for not taking your chance and believe me i know liverpool have done it alot in the past……..

  • There’s no doubt that a fully fit and raring John Carew is a better option up front as opposed to Emile Heskey. Maybe we haven’t as yet seen the best of the latter due to the niggling injuries he has supposedly been suffering from. We didn’t perform at Old Trafford like a team lacking in confidence, just that old failing of failing to see a game out came back to haunt us. We could and indeed should have won the game, but in the end we lacked the belief and conviction to do so. Its now water under the bridge, we have to get back on track by beating David Moyes lot this Sunday. Wont be easy, but if we want to finish fifth, then its a must win game.

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