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Mixed feelings after draw, but Villa's top-four hopes burn bright
By Villa reporter
Saturday 20 Mar 2010 20:03:00
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Martin O’Neill reckons there will be plenty of twists and turns yet in the race for fourth place – after Villa dropped two points at home to Wolves and see Spurs pull further ahead in the bid to land the final Champions League spot.

Two goals from John Carew earned Villa a point, but in between his strikes, Wolves stunned Villa Park by taking a 2-1 lead and then looking like holding on to it.

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O'Neill said his team did brilliantly to fight back for the point, saying a draw was about the right result.

‘I thought we started off brilliantly - in the opening 20-25 minutes we were a joy to watch,’ O’Neill told the Villa website. ‘That opening was as good football as we have played in recent times and I include the opening half against Manchester United at Wembley.

’I thought it was really scintillating stuff, really, really brilliant. We got a goal in front but didn't hold it long enough obviously. We let Wolves back into the game, well done them.

’In terms of effort that the team have put in, I am not despondent at all. It would have been great to keep up the performance of the opening 25 minutes but, no, it was a different game in the second half. We had to fight for every inch.

‘This is a tough league. It is tough for us because we have a lot of games to play. But we had the enthusiasm, desire and willingness to want to go and perform. That was why I was delighted with the team - the effort they put in, they didn't give up.

‘There will be a lot of twists and turns before the end of the season in the fight for the Champions League spot.’

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