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Edgy Villa worry O'Neill

03 Apr 2007 - 08:04:53

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill was bemused by his side's woeful first-half display against Everton but relieved with the positive response from his players after the break as they hit back to draw the Villa Park clash 1-1.

Gabby Agbonlahor's late goal ensured the points were shared after Joleon Lescott had given the visitors a 15th-minute lead, as Villa edged closer to safety.

A relieved O'Neill said after the draw: "We definitely got what we deserved in the end. In the first half we were very poor. We were nervous and unable to hold onto the ball.

"In the second half I thought, considering we could have been dead and buried at half-time, we came roaring back and deserved something.

"The crowd realised that and were lifted by a number of second-half chances.

"That galvanised us and, though I feared we might not get the goal, we did and it was the least we deserved.

"The second half was terrific, but we've got to look at ourselves for what was a very, very poor first half.

"We were tentative and edgy. At this stage of the season we're just looking to get those points for safety. A win tonight would have put us 11th in the league, but in the end at least we took a point from the game.

"If Gabby's goal had come earlier, who knows? I still thought once we got the goal that we might go on and win it. I think Everton sensed that as well, but we never really got enough possession after that."


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