Villa boss O'Neill: Goal should settle down Maloney

Aston Villa scorer Shaun Maloney says he was blanked by former Celtic teammate Roy Keane after netting in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Sunderland.

Maloney said: "I was with Roy for only a short time at Celtic and the standard he set most days underlined that the big players play on the big occasions.

"He's obviously started well at management and I hope that continues. He didn't say anything to me today, though."

Martin O'Neill felt his side were well worth a point and was delighted in particular with Maloney's goal. He said: "It was a blinding free-kick and he made a big contribution because he turned the game for us. It was absolutely exquisite but he is capable of doing that.

"He has done it in training this week but you have to do it on the big stage and he produced today. That was magnificent.

"That will give him a big lift in confidence.

"There have been lots of rumours talking about him being homesick and I can understand that.

"He has not really been away from home properly, out of Scotland. But if he settles down, he can do that."

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