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Laursen worried by defence

26 Aug 2008 - 07:21:44

Aston Villa captain Martin Laursen has warned his side to tighten up in defence after they lost 3-2 at Premier League new boys Stoke City at the weekend.

Villa had opened their league game with a 4-2 victory at home to Manchester City a week earlier, with Laursen worried by a lack of stability at the back in both games.

He told the Birmingham Mail: "We are not going to get carried away because we knew it would be tough. We didn't go to Stoke expecting it was going to be easy.

"It was their first game at home in the Premier League and with the way they play we knew it was going to be difficult. It was not that we didn't have respect for Stoke.

"We knew it was going to be a battle. It wasn't a surprise, but I thought we could have done better. Again we conceded goals and that was the most disappointing thing.

"We need to face the fact we conceded too many goals last season and have now conceded five goals in two games at the start of this season.

"We need to think about that and worry a bit about that, because it is not like we didn't concede goals last season, we conceded a lot of goals.

"We are still conceding goals and we need to talk about it."


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