December 8 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 23, 2013
Brad Guzan attracted plaudits for his Carrow Road efforts, but the Aston Villa goalkeeper preferred to focus on the job being done in front of him. Norwich City had the better of the possession and chances, but it was Paul Lambert’s side that came out on top – with a little help from a determined defensive effort that helped earn Villa their first clean sheet in 27 Premier League games.
“This was huge,” said Guzan. “The fight and determination I had in front of me was a credit to their work rate and the team spirit that we have. To come to Carrow Road is never easy, so to get three points and a clean sheet is huge for us.
“I just go out and help the guys in front of me. If I can make saves, that gives them a boost and for me, it’s about doing my job. You’re called upon to make saves, come for crosses, things like that. If you can do that, hopefully it makes a difference.”
Villa’s former City boss got a helping of stick from his old home crowd – but Guzan brushed it off, along with City’s late rally.
“Any place you go it’s difficult,” he said. “You get stick anywhere you go whether you played for the club or not. We knew it was going to be a hostile environment because it always is away from home. It was about sticking together and fighting for 90 minutes. We did enough.
“Anytime you’re away from home and winning, you know the last 10 minutes of a game will be a bit frantic. Guys were throwing their bodies on the line to block crosses and all those little things that maybe go unnoticed from the outside. We appreciate that as team-mates and especially from me as a goalkeeper. They are little things that make a big difference.
“Last week against Newcastle we know it wasn’t good enough, and here we wanted to come out and make sure we put in a good performance from start to finish.”