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O'Neill praise as Villa's Carson keeps cleansheet

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill was happy with Scott Carson's show of nerve in their 3-0 defeat of Middlesbrough.

O'Neill said: "Scott was expecting a bit of stick and he certainly got it. But I think he coped brilliantly.

"He's obviously very, very disappointed about Wednesday and I think with the whole nation hurting badly and they have to vent their frustration at someone, and obviously those players who played are going to take a bit of stick."

Carson sliced his first touch when he was fed a first-minute back-pass by Zat Knight then almost allowed a shot from Stewart Downing to squirm past him into the net.

O'Neill added: "I wouldn't have minded Scott getting an early touch but not in that fashion. We didn't exactly help him there."

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