Downing: We needed kick up the backside

Mon, 22 Feb 08:56:38 2010

Two-goal Stewart Downing revealed a half-time rollicking from Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill sparked their second-half revival against visiting Burnley.

Villa looked out of sorts during the opening 45 minutes and needed a fortuitous goal from Ashley Young to cancel out Steven Fletcher's opener.

But O'Neill's "kick up the backside" worked wonders and Villa responded with four goals in 13 minutes from Downing (two), Emile Heskey and Gabriel Agbonlahor in running out 5-2 winners.

It kept Villa on course for a Champions League spot via a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League as they put their recent goalscoring problems - just three in the previous seven league games - behind them.

Downing said: "The manager wasn't very happy at half-time. It took a gee-up from him and a few other players to get us going because it wasn't acceptable really.

"It worked wonders because in the second half we looked a different team and played some great football. The manager is a great man motivator and half-time was the perfect example with a kick up the backside."

 

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