Writer: J P Fear
Date:Monday April 16 2007
Thomas Sorensen said the 3-1 win over Middlesbrough proved to be a 'bittersweet afternoon' for him after he fumbled a free kick and gifted Boro the first goal of the afternoon.
The Danish international keeper, already rumoured to be under pressure to keep his position at Villa with summer spending likely to include a new keeper, said: 'I guess it was a bittersweet afternoon for me personally. The good thing was that we got back and won the game after my mistake. I think I've had a very good season and it wouldn't have been nice to have lost the game today because of me.'
'Obviously, I'm never pleased to make a mistake, but thank God I had a team in front of me who were able to get me out of it. It was nice to hear the fans chanting my name after I made the mistake. They could have jeered me, but instead they chanted my name, and I think that proves that I'm doing a good job for the team.'
He also says the win was just the start saying Villa are getting their confidence back. 'It's just in the last three or four games that we have found the right way to play. It's a way which suits us. Maybe we flattered to deceive a bit at the start of the season but we are all excited about next year. We're confident we'll be challenging for a place in Europe. We've got a good squad but we need some consistency and a few new players.'
Sorensen has just 14 months left on his contract and reports have linked Villa to Celtic's Polish international keeper Artur Boruc with another rumour suggesting we might be bidding for Chelsea keeper Carlo Cudicini.
Our latest poll asks who should replace Sorensen (if anyone should)
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Date:Monday April 16 2007
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