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O'Neill seeks Villa reaction
14 Apr 2010 - 08:04:39
Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has demanded a reaction from his players when they take on Everton in a crunch Premier League game for both clubs on Wednesday evening.
O'Neill must pick up a side which lost an FA Cup semi-final to Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.
The Midlands club could still finish fourth in the league and qualify for next season's Champions League, but to do so must realistically win all six of their remaining games to pip the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool.
"After the disappointment of the weekend we just have to get on with the games to come - you cannot bring things back. It's gone" said O'Neill.
"The players are very upbeat. Naturally, they are disappointed but they have to get over it.
"We have an opportunity against Everton to win a game and put ourselves back into contention.
"It hasn't been difficult to lift the players. We know that as days go past things begin to fade.
"The players are frustrated at what happened against Chelsea but we are totally focussed on trying to beat Everton.
"Our experiences at Wembley have been unfortunate but it will not stop us wanting to go back again next season.
Meanwhile, O'Neill has revealed he has held positive discussions with referees' chief Mike Riley after revealing his frustration at a string of decisions which went against his side in the cup semi-final.