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O'Neill beaming after superb Villa victory

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill was delighted with their 4-1 UEFA Cup victory at FH Hafnarfjordur.

Villa now have a comfortable advantage for the second leg of the second qualifying round tie, and should ease into the first round of the competition when their Icelandic opponents visit Villa Park in a fortnight's time.

"I am very pleased we won the game," said O'Neill.

"There were a couple of scares by them and a good goal by them but we won convincingly in the end. We are obviously in a very strong position for the second leg."

Villa face Manchester City in their Barclays Premier League opener on Sunday, but O'Neill said: "I could not think at all about the game on Sunday until we had played, but I was very pleased with some of the football we played.

"We obviously need to tighten up our defence if we could, but I was very pleased to win."

O'Neill's side went into an early 3-0 lead with goals from Gareth Barry, Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor, before Matthias Gudmundsson pulled one back just before half-time.

Martin Laursen restored Villa's three-goal advantage after the break, although O'Neill was impressed with the spirit of the Icelandic hosts.

"The most encouraging thing is they wanted to carry on with the game. Every single time there was a free-kick they went to play it quickly," O'Neill said.

"It is very easy to sit here and be full of praise for the opponents if you have won, if you think you have done okay, but their spirit was commendable.

"They would have been disappointed to concede a goal so early.

"But I saw them on their last Sunday match and they were very bright so like I said to the players before, I was concerned about the game. We are not good enough to treat anybody lightly, so from our point of view, we did well."

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