O'Neill relieved after late win

Last updated : 25 October 2006 By Chuck Horace

"That was a night of real drama and the important thing is that we're through to the next round," said the Northern Irishman. "We made a perfect start with a goal so early and then, credit to Leicester, they pegged us back twice." It all looked like going differently when Juan Pablo Angel converted Agbonlahor's cross for the opener but Richard Stearman equalised. Barry then made it 2-1 from the penalty spot before Patrick Kisnorbo's late header ensured a thrilling finale.

"I felt Gareth Barry and Gabby Agbonlahor were terrific for us all night and, if we were going to win, it would be one of them." It looked like being Barry when Villa were awarded a penalty in the last minute of regulation time, but his effort was brilliantly saved. Instead it was left for Agbonlahor to make it 3-2 in the penultimate minute of extra time to take Villa through to the fourth round, much to the relief of O'Neill. "I'm not sure any of us would have survived penalties," he said, "but in the end we didn't have to worry about them and we're in the hat."