May 15, 2011 | In: Articles

Richard Dunne hails Aston Villa’s fighting spirit in victory over Arsenal

Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne praised the fight that his Aston Villa team-mates showed in their impressive 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates.

Two goals from Darren Bent secured the win for Gary McAllister’s side and despite a late goal from Robin Van Persie, Villa held on for the three points.

“I think today showed how much everyone was fighting for the club and how much we wanted to put some respect into our season,” Dunne told SkySports.

“If you can get in front against the top sides then you know you’ve got a lot of defending to do. Luckily for us we have Darren and he got two great goals and gave us something to hold onto.”

The majority of the match after Bent’s brace was played inside the Aston Villa half, and only superb defending from James Collins and Dunne kept Arsenal at bay.

“Overall I think we defended well and that’s the most important thing. It’s disappointing that they got a goal at the end but the most important thing was to get the three points today.”

Arsenal had a huge penalty shout in the first half when Dunne appeared to foul Aaron Ramsey in the area, but Dunne believes referee Michael Oliver made the correct decision.

“It wasn’t a penalty. I got myself inbetween the ball and him [Ramsey] and Friedel collected the ball.

“At the time Arsenal were two up so they were shouting for everything!”

Goalscorer Bent echoed Dunne’s comments by speaking of the team spirit within the Aston Villa camp, and is looking at an improvement in Villa’s Premier League finish next season.

“The boys have stuck together and we always believe in each other, it’s game likes this where you really appreciate that and we’re over the moon with the three points.

“It’s been a bit of a rocky season. Aston Villa have finished 6th two seasons in a row, but next season we will start again and will be fighting fit and ready to go.”

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