Carling Cup - O'Neill: Vidic should have seen red

PA Sport - Mon, 01 Mar 07:34:00 2010

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill said the decision not to send off Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic was the Carling Cup final's key moment.

2010 Carlin Cup final Nemaqnja Vidic hauls down Gabriel Agbonlahor - 0

Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester United

Martin O'Neill: "I think it would be universally accepted they should have been down to 10 men. There's no other decision to make.

"It's not a good decision by an otherwise fine referee. It's the major point of the match.

"In two or three weeks it's forgotten and the trophy's on their mantlepiece, but it's a poor decision.

"It's hard to take. I thought we played splendidly, particularly in the first half, and got in front.

"Manchester United got the equaliser but at half-time I felt we were very, very capable of winning.

"I'm disappointed for the team but they're resilient, they're strong, they're young and they'll fight back.

"We felt we were capable no matter what side they played. We have to try and get back here again in May because it's a worthwhile journey."

Alex Ferguson: "There's a lot of big games coming up now and that's why we didn't play him (Wayne Rooney) today, but he's had 45, 50 minutes.

"It was a bad start to the game and we got caught on the hop really with the penalty kick.

"I think it was the right decision as he has brought him down from the back, but we recovered and that's the important thing.

"Michael Owen had a great first half, but unfortunately he got a hamstring injury and had to come off with that.

"Wayne comes on and scores the winning goal. With the form he's in you expect that."

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