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O'Neill pleased with a point
20 Nov 2006 - 08:39:57
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill admitted he was pleased to come away from the JJB Stadium with a point after watching his side battle to a goalless draw against Wigan Athletic.
Apart from a late flurry, Villa were on the back foot for much of the game, but the hard-fought point leaves O'Neill's hard-to-beat side fifth in the Premiership table.
A relieved O'Neill said after the stalemate: "This was a hard-fought point and not too many teams come here and take anything from the game. We've had to work hard and were rewarded for all that effort and commitment.
"When you consider we were without Gavin McCann and Stilian Petrov, the achievement is all the more impressive.
"The lads who've come in have not let us down and players like Isaiah (Osbourne) will only benefit from this experience. Filling-in for players like McCann and Petrov is a man-sized job.
"Wigan made a good start and might have been in front after just a minute. I thought Thomas (Sorensen)'s save might have galvanised us, but it had the opposite effect and they made a great start.
"I do think we gradually got into the game and there were times when we were a threat on the break.
"There weren't too many chances though and I think Wigan would have felt hard done by if we'd nicked a winner as we finished strongly.
"In the end though, I would have settled for four points from six going into away games at Everton and Wigan. That's a pleasing return and we're still up there in the top half of the table."
Meanwhile, Villa have appointed Richard FitzGerald as Chief Executive Officer and Robin Russell as Chief Financial Officer of the club.