Villa can catch out CSKA - O'Neill

19 February 2009 07:24
The Russian side snatched a precious away goal on Wednesday night through Vagner Love - his ninth strike in seven European games this season.[LNB]But John Carew's second-half effort has given the Midlands club a lifeline for the return meeting next Thursday.[LNB]Villa have shown they are more effective away from Villa Park this season with 10 victories in the Premier League on their travels.[LNB]O'Neill said: "We've still got a chance although obviously it will be really hard in Moscow.[LNB]"They have an away goal so we have to score to have a chance but it is not impossible.[LNB]"They showed they are a dangerous counter-attacking side but so are we as our record has shown this season.[LNB]"They are a very good side who won their group in a canter and have already qualified for the Champions League.[LNB]"But I thought we played really well and deserved to win this game.[LNB]"The players are learning all the time, gaining experience from playing in Europe and I was really pleased with them.[LNB]"People say we are hard working and determined but we also have some real quality in this team and have showed this all season. If we had been beaten I would have been disappointed."[LNB]O'Neill again highlighted the problems caused by left winger Ashley Young, who tested the CSKA defence with a series of menacing crosses.[LNB]O'Neill said: "Ashley delivers such a quality ball. If I was playing now, I would score 29 goals a season with someone like him to feed off! He is an exceptional deliverer of the ball."[LNB]CSKA coach Zico believes his side will benefit from an extra week's training ahead of the second leg after playing their first competitive match since December 4.[LNB]He said: "It was a highly competitive game. Our team resisted greatly. It was a good result for us.[LNB]"Nothing is resolved yet and we will do our best. The next game we will be in better condition and more ready to play another game after the break.[LNB]"We were not surprised by the way Villa played. It was very seldom they had the ball on the ground making passes.[LNB]"They get Ashley Young to put the ball into the box a lot. We expected this sort of game and we were ready for it."[LNB][LNB]

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