Villa Park

Next Game

A Villa v Tottenham

Sunday, 02 November 2014, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Loftus Road Stadium

Last Game

QPR 2 - 0 A Villa

Monday, 27 October 2014, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Villa keeper rejects excuses

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has rejected suggestions they have been struggling in the Premier League because they have a young team.

Last Updated: 11/03/13 at 10:51 Post Comment

Brad Guzan: Youth no excuse for problems

Brad Guzan: Youth no excuse for problems

Paul Lambert's side moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at fellow strugglers Reading on Saturday.

USA international Guzan insists they have the necessary quality and team spirit to retain the Premier League status, insisting talk of inexperience in the squad is a misnomer.

"The press are going to say we are a young team and that's the reason (why we're struggling)," he told the Birmingham Mail.

"But I'm not buying that. We see the quality that we have in the changing room, we see it on the training ground every day.

"It's not about 'yes, we have guys that are young and new to the team', it's not about that.

"You look at teams at the top of the table as well, they give up leads, they drop points, that's football. That's what this league is all about.

"It's not about age, or inexperience, or a young look about our team.

"It's about staying together, sticking together and fighting for each other and getting results.

"What we have to do now is keep that momentum going and continue to fight on."

Guzan admitted the mood in the camp had improved markedly as a result of the win as they prepare for another six-pointer with QPR on Saturday.

Villa equalised through Christian Benteke just a minute after Nathan Baker had put through his own net at the Madejski Stadium, with Gabriel Agbonlahor volleying home what proved to be the winner in the final minute of the first half.

"If you had looked at everyone's faces at the end (you could see the happiness)," he added.

"There have been a few games this season where we have conceded late and we haven't taken all three points so it was nice to take the three points.

"It's a massive win for us and to come back from a goal down on the road at a place like Reading, where we know is a massive, massive game, shows what we are all about.

"Our character, our belief, our fight and spirit was all there to see. On top of that I thought we played some really good football."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e might be on a hiding to nothing, but I cannae feel any sympathy- You want to know why? Shakira. That's why.

hairpolice
Pique Taking Blame Burden Again...

A

nd this season must feel like one long sigh at the Emirates . Yep, exactly that. Except for Alexis Sanchez, he's ace.

cheshire-gooner
Is Mario Balotelli's Talent Even That 'Obvious'?

H

ey! At least put our first clean sheet in a gazillion years in the winners section. Curse you F365 *shakes fist*

fouloleron
Is Mario Balotelli's Talent Even That 'Obvious'?

Footer 365

Premier League: Harry Redknapp questions Rio Ferdinand's ban as QPR get set to appeal

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has questioned Rio Ferdinand’s ban by the FA and says the club will discuss an appeal.

Premier League: Swansea's Federico Fernandez avoids three-match ban after successful appeal

Swansea have successfully appealed the straight red card issued to Federico Fernandez against Liverpool this week.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon says he would 'relish the chance' to play Rangers

Craig Gordon says he would relish the chance to play Rangers if the clubs were paired in the Scottish League Cup semis.

Mail Box

'Pride' Didn't Stop Wenger Signing Flamini

Arsene Wenger's 'pride' in signings is quite rightly pulled apart. We also have a stupidly long email on going back, and one Mailboxer whooping about the FA Cup first round...

Wenger Kept His Pride By Turning Down Cesc

What message would it have sent if Wenger had allowed those that walked out to stroll back in? Plus, why Pochettino needs to adapt and the folly of limiting yourself...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property