Date: 27th March 2008 at 9:19am
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Martin O’Neill has been washing his dirty laundry in public as he says what Aston Villa need the most is some clean sheets.

With no clean sheets in 17 games, he’s torn strips out of the team and says it is crucial to correct this, starting on Saturday v Manchester United? Gulp!

‘I think we should be able to defend better. We have scored goals which sometimes overlooks the fact we haven’t kept clean sheets. I didn’t need to be told we hadn’t kept a clean sheet for a long time. I was well aware of it and it is important.’

He also says the weekends opponents got it right at the back first, winning seven times at 1-0, when the goals start flowing then there is a solid base to build on.

On the game at Old Trafford he says: ‘If you said to me we will win 5-4, I would take it every week because I am sure it would be a decent game. But we are not and it is about time we got back to keeping clean sheets. It could be crucial in the next few weeks.’