O’Neill vows to fight back

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has backed his side to bounce back from Tuesday's heartbreaking home defeat to Liverpool.

Villa have endured a difficult festive period having lost 3-0 at Arsenal on Sunday before being undone by Fernando Torres' last-gasp goal at Villa Park just over 48 hours later.

However, an upbeat O'Neill said:"We will fight back – make no mistake. It's a blow to us but in terms of confidence-shaking – absolutely not. Steadfast, we will go again. We will start again on Saturday.

"It was a cruel defeat, we shouldn't have been beaten, we should have won the game. I think everyone in the stadium and on the TV would have said that.

"We should have won the game and we didn't do and we will have to pick ourselves up and we are capable of doing that.

"Their goalkeeper has made two incredible saves. How he kept out Downing's volley in the first half I will never know.

"We haven't had to deal with too much during the course of the game. By the time they scored we should have been home and dry.

"I'm disappointed – In three or four days people will forget the nature of the game and just look at the statistics."

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