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O'Neill joy as Villa win boosts bid for fourth

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill was pleased to see his side end their Premier League goal drought against Fulham to boost their bid for fourth place in the Premier League.

A Gabriel Agbonlahor double earned Villa a 2-0 win at Craven Cottage to move them to within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham and one behind fifth-placed Liverpool, both of whom have played a game more.

Agbonlahor's goals were Villa's first in the league since before Christmas.

"I'm pleased to be back to winning ways. I'm delighted with the team and thought we deserved to win," said O'Neill.

"We scored two great goals and that helped us because we'd gone a few matches in the league without scoring, though the performances have been good. Winning was a big boost."

Roy Hodgson admitted his Fulham squad are struggling beneath an injury list that includes Andy Johnson, Clint Dempsey and John Pantsil.

"We're suffering from our injury situation but we were disappointed with the manner in which we conceded those goals. We gave it our all in the second half," he said.

David Moyes believes it is still "a long shot" Everton will qualify for Europe this season, despite a 1-0 win at Wigan, courtesy of Tim Cahill's late header, extending their unbeaten league run to nine matches.

The Toffees are now in ninth but Moyes believes the team's early-season difficulties may undermine their bid.

"We'll wait and see where it goes, but who knows?" Moyes said.

"We hoped we would have been in and around it before the season started, but the start we had to the season probably makes it a real long shot."

Tottenham hotspur boss Harry Redknapp bemoaned his side's defending after they conceded a last-gasp leveller to draw 1-1 at Birmingham city.

Liam Ridgewell equalised for the Blues to cancel out Jermain Defoe's 17th goal of the season.

Redknapp said: "We deserved to win and the goal we gave away was horrendous. We defended poorly.

"Until we went ahead, Birmingham were never in the game but then we sat off them, invited them on to us and that was the problem."

Elsewhere, West Ham -- playing in front of co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold for the first time at Upton Park since their successful takeover -- had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Blackburn, while hull drew 2-2 with fellow strugglers wolves.


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