Taylors relief

Last updated : 29 December 2002 By VillaMAD
"That was an important result for us," said Taylor. "I am very pleased with the result. The players were aware of the position the club is in after losing the Liverpool game and the next two league matches.

"They knew how important it was to get a result.

"I think in all honesty the defeat by Liverpool in the Worthington Cup with the last kick of the game hit people a bit harder than they might have thought.

"It was a big body blow going out. All the players thought they were going to go on and win that competition.

"But they've responded and hopefully things can now go on from there in what is a vital week for us with the home league game with Bolton on Wednesday and the FA Cup tie with Blackburn."

Dion Dublin's winner against 'Boro pushed Villa seven points clear of the relegation zone and above local rivals Birmingham on goal difference.