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Man-of-the-match On Fight For Places

Martin Laursen says the pressure is on the defenders following the arrival of Zat Knight from Fulham and Curtis Davies from WBA.

The towering Danish international defender who was man-of-the-match v Chelsea said:

'I face a real fight for my place in the side. You might say it will be hard for Curtis to get into the team after that, but it is going to be hard for me to get into the team as well. It is great competition now to play centre-half so we will see. This is the first win against one of the four big sides since I came to the club. I haven't seen Villa win until this one so I am very happy for this result. It is something we have aimed for for a long time, to get a result against one of the four big sides and we played as well as Chelsea and to get three points is amazing. I think we played really well, a great attitude.'

He seemed quite emotional when interviewed after the game, after all it was only last month he was saying Villa have to start beating the 'big' teams and now we have one of the biggest scalps to boost the confidence of the team!

He also spoke of debut boy Zat, 'What a debut, he scored and a clean sheet. I think he will have a glass of red wine to celebrate. I don't know about his private life. All I can say is he did really well yesterday. It must have been difficult for him to join the club in the week and then play the first game against Chelsea.'

And Zat said after his goal winning debut, 'Hopefully there's plenty more to come from me and from the team.'

He told the official site following a very strange week, 'Everyone knows it was an up and down week for me, but that was a brilliant way to round it off - with a clean-sheet and a debut goal. I could never have dreamt of a debut like that - against a top team like Chelsea. To go into that game after the week that I've had, it was great for me to get some good headlines.'

Adding 'I felt settled in the defence and hopefully there's a lot more clean-sheets to come from us this season.'




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Date:Monday September 3 2007

Time: 12:07PM

Your Comments

Lets hope the police don't come knocking on Zats door early in the morning or his sheets won't be clean for long.
Hoss The Villain
man of the match yesterday, and the next day he conceedes he still has to fight for his place, legend. exactly the spirit we want installed in our players.
Stig
Well it would be easier to sit back and just take the money week in week out, after Sundays Performance it will take something special to dislodge a fit Martin Laursen.
col8
Great player, great attitude. Perhaps one creates the other. A great model for others (Cahill & Davies perhaps) to emulate. Mr Petrov too - though it seems that that message may be getting home.
Gordonsleftboot
What a man, What a player. Hope he stays injury free as he could help us push for 6th.
*Holte*End*Star*
At last, something we've wanted and needed for several seasons, strength in depth, and quality strength in depth too. I like Martin Laursen. His attitude is top drawer. Zat Knight too. What a way to round off a very eventful seven or eight days.
glensider
Hope though that Gary Cahill isn't going to be pushed out following these new arrivals.
glensider
 

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