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Villa boss remains bullish

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill remains upbeat about the possibility of reaching the group stages of the Europa League despite losing Thursday's play-off first leg 1-0 to Rapid Vienna.

Villa were defeated 1-0 in Austria after failing to bounce back from conceding inside the first minute, but O'Neill is confident that his side can overturn the deficit in next week's second leg.

"We knew this was going to be exceptionally difficult – so will the return tie – but we are going to try to win," he said.

"They had a number of chances but we did too and could have capitalised on it.

"We are still well in the game and have a great match to look forward to next week.

"Of course we can overturn it. It was never going to be an easy match but this time next week we will be fitter again."

Villa's next task is a trip to Liverpool on Monday night but despite losing their first two games of the season, O'Neill is refusing to be pessimistic.

"The games are hard and approaching us pretty quickly but when we settle down this season we will be absolutely fine," he continued.

"We need to improve and keep improving. As the whole squad gets wound up and fully fit then we will be okay."

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