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O'Neill: Aston Villa were magnificent

Martin O'Neill described his Aston Villa as "magnificent" after their 2-1 UEFA Cup victory over Ajax.

Gareth Barry scored the winning goal after Martin Laursen's opener had been cancelled out by Thomas Vermaelen.

O'Neill told Five: "Of course it was going to be tight - Ajax are a very good side.

"I thought we were brilliant, I thought we deserved to win the game.

"We've got good players as well; I thought we were magnificent.

"We should have had a penalty - it was clear-cut and both the referee and the linesman missed - and that would have given us a wee bit more comfort.

"For the first match of the group stage it was magnificent."

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