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Vlaar: We must put in the hard yards to change our luck
Ron Vlaar reflects on defeat at Tottenham.
9th Oct 2012
Vlaar: We must put in the hard yards to change our luck


By Dan Harrison

Ron Vlaar insists Villa will work hard to "change our luck" after admitting key breaks went against them in the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

The first Tottenham goal came when Jermain Defoe's shot took a wicked deflection off Steven Caulker.

Paul Lambert's team also had to finish the game with 10 men as Joe Bennett sustained an injury after Villa had made their three substitutions.

Vlaar reckons there were plenty of positives to take from the performance at White Hart Lane despite the 2-0 loss.

The claret and blues created several good chances prior to Caulker's opener but Vlaar's accepts they must be more clinical.

"I think we didn't play that bad but we had to score the first goal after half-time," said the skipper.

"Christian had two good chances, especially the header.

"After that we were a little bit unlucky with the first goal which was deflected.

"After they scored another goal and we were one man down with Joe's injury it was difficult for us.

"But we played pretty well and we have to transform that into goals.

"It was unlucky for us but that is what is happening for us.

"We have to change that luck and work hard for it.

"We didn't play that bad and we actually had some control in the game but we have to score and try and get clean sheets."

Vlaar says Villa have the mentality to get back to winning ways when they face Fulham after the international break.

"It is a disappointment because of the loss but we have to look forward to the next game which is now two weeks because of the international calendar," he added.

"But it is another game and I think we can win against every team.

"But everything has to be good. For example, a lot of things were right against Spurs but we were a bit unlucky also."

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