Martin O’Neill hoped for a triumphant return to Villa Park. In his post-match e-mail, he contemplates the sort of match any away team should expect to win. Sunderland withstood Villa’s somewhat frantic assaults on Mignolet’s goal, had ample chances to grab the three points and believed they’d done so when Bendtner hit the back of the net, only to be ruled offside – wrongly says MON, who otherwise overlooks some painfully sloppy distribution to praise the overall performance. …
It was very disappointing not to come away with the win after creating a lot of chances in the game.
We created more chances than we did at Manchester City, where we scored three, but we just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net today.
There were numerous chances and it’s a shame we couldn’t convert them – and we had a goal chalked off for offside, which I think was the wrong decision.
I’m not disappointed with the performance, as I thought we had some good spells in the game, but I am disappointed with the result.
From my viewpoint, as a team away from home we got through the initial ten minutes and started to come into the game.
We got a grip of the midfield, where I thought Jack Colback was outstanding for us, and we started to really dominate.
Today we played well, even though we have gone some games without scoring.
I thought it was back to more or less what we’re capable of doing and the display put the performance of last week into perspective.
Perhaps with Aston Villa’s confidence not so high, had we gone a goal in front, we might have gone on to win – but that’s ifs, buts and maybes.
All the best,