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O'Neill - A frustrating day

Villa boss rues missed chances against Cottagers

O'Neill: Fulham stalemate

O'Neill: Fulham stalemate

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Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill conceded his side endured a 'frustrating' afternoon as they were unable to break the deadlock against Fulham on Saturday.

The home side at Villa Park missed key chances to earn the victory as they remain fourth in the table, level on points with Manchester United.

Villa went into the encounter having beaten Arsenal and held United, and O'Neill was disappointed they failed to build on their recent results.

He told Sky Sports: "It was a frustrating day. It was a difficult game for us. We were unable to take the chances that we created.

Learning curve

"After the good exploits of the last couple of weeks it is maybe a bit disappointing. However, that is the nature of this business and we have got to get on with it.

"There were not that many chances created in the game but I was hoping that we might have taken one of them.

"We all felt before the game that this was going to be hard. It is up to us to try and break down some sides and force the pace. That is the sort of thing we are trying to learn.

"We are learning and we have some exceptionally talented players at this football club. Even they are learning. Some of them are very early 20s. We are still fighting on."

Record breaker

Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel broke a Premier League record as he made it 167 consecutive Premier League appearances.

O'Neill praised the American shot-stopper, who signed for the club from Blackburn Rovers in the summer.

He added: "That is an exceptional record. It really does prove the pedigree of the man. His talent is terrific. He has got better as he has gone into his 30s."

Friedel said: "It's always nice to get personal achievements in the game, but that's not why I play.

"It's a team sport and if the truth be told I would have preferred to have got the three points here today instead of the point."