Date: 10th April 2008 at 2:22pm
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Martin O’Neill knows that Villa have got to get back to their mean defending ways after conceding way too many goals this season The Villa boss told the official site that they’ve got to work to put that right for next season after going on a run of 20 games without a clean sheet.

‘If we’re going to progress and continue progressing in the manner we’re doing, which is pretty pleasing, we’re going to have to concede less goals.

He is however more pleased with the goals scored (56 goals in 33 games)

He has also told Zat Knight that you are never too old to learn new tricks. The 27-year-old purchase from Fulham was complimented by O’Neill for his Bolton performance and his attitude playing in the reserves after missing out on the Manchester United game, which he said in the Birmingham Mail was ‘top class’ but added,

‘He will be aware that the competition at the club – despite the loss of Curtis Davies – will be something I want to intensify in the summer. He wants to improve his game.’ Adding, ‘He should be okay with the more straightforward centre-forward but all of us could learn from the smaller, agile forwards – even midfielders going with runners, it’s hard work. There’s the old adage of you never stop learning but I believe if players really want to improve their willingness and their agility then, with the advent of sports science in our game, the wherewithal is there in front of you.’

He as also complimented the training facilities and staff including fitness dude (technical term) Jim Henry.