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Clean Sheets Are Setting Us Up Nicely

Martin O'Neill has been delighted with our 3 clean sheets on the trot, and he believes that Villa are becoming more ruthless at the back.

Speaking on the official site O'Neill explained how he was pleased we were defending better, and that it was setting us up nicely for our Top 4 challenge.

'It is very encouraging.

'Look at the top sides. Liverpool have conceded very few this season and so have Chelsea.

'Manchester United conceded very few when they won the title last season.

'For all the quality and flair of Sir Alex Ferguson's men, who can conjure a moment's brilliance from nowhere, they know how important it is to stay tight and keep clean sheets.

'That is something we have to work on.

'If you told me we would win the next seven games 5-4, I'd take it obviously. Don't get me wrong it would be great and very exciting for the fans.

'But we have to be less generous and there are signs that this is happening.'

Last season we certainly scored plenty but conceeded more than we would've liked. This season both in terms of scoring and conceeding the tallies are lower, games are tighter so keeping a clean sheet is even more important.

The team have obviously spent a lot of time on the training pitch working on our defensive play and it is paying dividends.

That said, a few 5-4 wins would certainly be nice for Christmas.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 2 2008

Time: 5:06PM

Your Comments

I'd agree with O'Neill about the MANU and Arsenal games. But Fulham is different. They are almost the lowest scoring side in the Premiership and that game was two points lost rather than one gained. O'Neill has his rose-tinteds on again!
Sindbad
A clean sheet is always a welcome sight BUT if you dont stick the ball in the net the other end its all a little pointless.
col8
Pointless or points shared?
Gordonsleftboot
Good to see that we are keeping clean sheets, particularly as we were shipping goals all too easily earlier in the campaign. Its now our goals for column thats the concern.
glensider
Mart always looks at the positive side of things, and that of course is how it should be. He's no fool though, he knows where we are lacking.
glensider
 

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