Villa Park

Next Game

A Villa v Arsenal

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Anfield

Last Game

Liverpool 0 - 1 A Villa

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Guzan geared up for battle

Brad Guzan is looking for Aston Villa to battle their way to Premier League safety, starting at Stoke City on Saturday.

Last Updated: 06/04/13 at 14:28 Post Comment

Brad Guzan: Looking for Aston Villa to scrap their way to safety

Brad Guzan: Looking for Aston Villa to scrap their way to safety

Paul Lambert has conceded this season that he does not have the biggest team, but what they lack in height they make up for in dogged determination.

Things may not have gone entirely to plan, as Villa remain in the relegation zone with seven games of the season remaining, but commitment levels have remained high throughout.

Guzan acknowledges that they need to make the most of that fighting spirit as they head into a crucial run of fixtures.

The American goalkeeper said: "Every game is physical and the more that we can get into team's faces and make it difficult for them to play, the better it is for us.

"It's high tempo, high energy. We want to make it difficult for them. Stoke are a big team, we'll have to go there, be confident and make sure we win those battles.

"It won't be easy but we'll definitely be ready for it.

"It's a man's game and you have to be a man about it, win balls in the air, whatever it may be. We have to be ready to compete. That's what the Premier League is all about."

Competitive

Villa are bottom of the Fair Play League and have accumulated 65 bookings and two red cards this season, but Guzan feels they can take positives from that statistic.

He added: "That's the competitive nature. You never want to see guys get booked but it's about fighting and showing that competitive spirit.

"I'm sure there are some reckless ones in there, but that's not going to change the way we play.

"There's a competitive spirit we have in the dressing room where we fight for each other, and fight for the shirt."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Champions League review: Big wins for Roma and Porto, Barca edge to victory

Roma and Porto earned big wins in the Champions League, while Barcelona opened their campaign with a narrow victory.

Champions League: Jose Mourinho rues missed chances in Schalke draw

Jose Mourinho bemoaned Chelsea's failure to kill off Schalke with a second goal before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's equaliser.

Champions League: Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart left to rue late Bayern Munich winner

Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart admitted Jerome Boateng's late winner for Bayern Munich felt like a kick in the teeth.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

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