Houllier hails solid Villa

Villa boss confident that they can beat the dreaded drop

Houllier: Salutes Villa

Houllier: Salutes Villa

Gerard Houllier praised his Aston Villa side as they secured a valuable 2-2 draw against Everton at Goodison Park.

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The Frenchman was adamant the Midlanders should have left with three points following a thrilling Premier League encounter.

Darren Bent appeared to have put relegation-threatened Villa on course for three vital points when he responded to Leon Osman's opener with a second-half double.

But Everton, who were aggrieved when Jermaine Beckford was not awarded a goal after a shot bounced down off the bar, battled on and rescued a point thanks to Leighton Baines' spot-kick seven minutes from time.

Fantastic

Houllier told Sky Sports: "I think the boys were fantastic today in the fact that they fought hard. They had a real will to win and that's why we showed character.

"We came back in the second half and equalised early before scoring a second fantastic goal and I thought we could have won the game but at the same time you have to acknowledge that Everton also had some chances."

When asked about Beckford's shot which may or may not have crossed the line, Houllier claimed he had not seen the incident and instead focused his attentions on the positives for Villa.

"It was a good game of football, very competitive and we were up for it," he said.

"We know we're not in the best position at the moment, but I think we won the second half and we have to remember that we can fight, defend and score goals.

"It is difficult to single out one player more than another because I thought that everybody fought extremely hard and showed they wanted to give their best for the team.

"The players are very keen to finish in the best position and I'm confident that we can make it."

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