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Villa boss O'Neill gutted after Chelsea thriller

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill saw his side secure a deserved point in an eight-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge and reflected: "It says a lot about our performance that I'm disappointed with just a draw."

In a superbly entertaining clash, Villa went 2-0 up, 3-2 down and then 4-3 down before Gareth Barry's last-gasp penalty secured a deserved share of the spoils.

O'Neill told www.avfc.co.uk: "We did enough there to win three games.

It was an extraordinary effort from the team. We came out and dominated from the very start - at a place where Chelsea haven't lost for quite some time.

"We were 2-0 up and you might say the second goal was not the best from their point, but we'll take it, because we deserved it.

"We were 2-0 up and coasting. Then we had a very, very dubious decision for a penalty kick given against us. I don't think there was any contact whatsoever.

"That put Chelsea back in the game and we were down to ten men. We tried to change it around a little bit in the second-half and it was a wonderful effort."

The Villa boss added: "I accept the fact they were going to come at us - they're a really great team. They equalised and then got in front, but even at 2-2 I always felt we might be able to get something.

"It was just a brilliant, brilliant effort. They've come from behind with just ten men. Some people will point out Chelsea had nine men, but we had ten for most of the second-half.

"This was not just about the spirit, which was phenomenal, but in terms of ability. We've come here and given a really good account of ourselves.

"It says a lot that I'm actually disappointed with a draw. I really felt we deserved three points.

"In the end Gareth had to keep his nerves at the end to give us a point from the penalty spot. But that was the least we deserved. The crowd were fantastic for us and I'm delighted for them."

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