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'Outstanding' Friedel praised
25 Aug 2009 - 08:04:39
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill picked out veteran American goalkeeper Brad Friedel for special praise as his side secured a shock 3-1 win at Liverpool on Monday.
The 38-year-old former Reds shot-stopper produced a string of superb saves as Villa ended Liverpool's 31-match unbeaten record at Anfield and picked up a first win of the season following their opening day defeat to Wigan Athletic.
O'Neill said: "That was a terrific effort from my team. At 2-0 we were in reasonable command of the game, although you're never in command at Anfield.
"But when they scored we got a penalty straightaway, a clean penalty, and we were back with our two-goal lead.
"That gave us confidence, discipline and shape to our team and we deserved to win.
"Brad Friedel was outstanding. He rolled back the years. He was fantastic against his old club to perform like that at Anfield.
"He'll be delighted with himself, and rightly so, and we're delighted with him. It was a fantastic performance from the whole side and we fully deserved the victory."