Effort was terrific - result was not for Villa
By Villa reporter
Sunday 17 Jan 2010 21:07:00
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Villa boss Martin O’Neill had praise for his team’s effort despite frustrastion at Villa Park as the home side failed to beat West Ham.

It mirrored the inability of Spurs, Man City and Liverpool the previous day to force a win in the bid to show who can last the distance and finish fourth. Gabriel Agbonlahor spurned three good chances but West Ham had opportunities of their own.

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O'Neill had an angry exhange of words with a fan behind the dugout near the end who had complained at one of those missed chances. Afterwards the boss said it was not a moajor issue.

O’Neill said: ‘We had lots of possession. It was disappointing and a wee bit frustrating.


‘It didn't materialise. We didn't take our chances. But overall I was delighted with the team, genuinely delighted.

‘I thought their effort was terrific. We got a wee bit tired in the last 10 or 15 minutes as we tried to force it. The game really opened up. West Ham caused us a few problems on the break, which I anticipated anyway.

‘Considering we played in a semi-final on Thursday night, I thought it was a terrific effort from the team. We were unable to score a goal. But it was a big, big effort.’

Villa: Friedel, Dunne, Cuellar, Warnock, Collins, Downing, A Young, Milner, Petrov, Agbonlahor, Heskey. Subs: Guzan, L Young, Sidwell, Carew, Delfouneso, Delph, Beye.

West Ham: Green, Upson, Spector, Tomkins, Parker, Kovac, Noble, Faubert, Behrami, Collison, Noble. Subs: Jimenez, Da Costa, Kurucz, Diamanti, Daprela, Sears, Stanislas.

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