Date: 21st March 2008 at 3:42pm
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Martin Laursen is determined that Villa will keep a clean sheet tomorrow, our first since November.

It’s been 16 games since Villa clocked up a Premiership clean sheet and Laursen admits it adds pressure to the forward players.

With Sunderland next up, the old cliche of ‘must win’ has never been truer, and speaking on the official site Laursen wants to make that match our 8th clean sheet this season.

‘We need to score two goals in every game because right now we concede at least a goal in every game.

‘We have not kept a clean sheet since November and we have been so close many times: against Arsenal, against Reading, twice, who scored with a free-kick two seconds from time.

‘We have been very close. The important thing is to win, as we did in both Reading games. We only got a point out of the Arsenal game, but it would be nice just to win a game 2-0 or 3-0 because it is so important.’

If we can cut out the sloppy errors, and erm…cough….freaky goals, we know we are more than capable and are good enough to take matches 2 or 3-0.

If we are to salvage Europe, even though it’s a huge long shot now, we definitely need all 3 points tomorrow, not only for the difference it would make to the league table but as a good shot of confidence aswell.