Lowton: Let's build on clean sheet and become a real mean machine
Matt Lowton believes Villa's inexperienced backline can mature into a defensive mean machine.
Paul Lambert opted to go with three central defenders and two wingbacks again for Saturday's goalless draw against Stoke City.
And his defensive unit stood up to the challenge by keeping their third clean sheet in four games.
Lowton, who played as a right-sided wingback, feels Villa's defence is growing stronger with every game.
"We've kept three clean sheets in three of our last four games so that shows that we are all pulling together," he said.
"We work together defensively during the week and I think it shows out there with the clean sheets that we are doing well.
"They boys were fantastic at the back. We knew they were going to go long and they've got some tall centre-forwards.
"But we won the headers, battled fantastically and came out with a clean sheet.
"You know what they are going to do when they come here.
"But the clean sheet shows that we dealt with that very well.
"Christian had a few chances too and we got to the by-line a few times - myself included - but we didn't pick the final pass.
"Stoke are going well so it was a good point and we've got to keep that run going now - unbeaten in four."
Lowton admits he is enjoying the freedom to join in attacks in his new wingback role.
"I've got more freedom to get forward," he added.
"There are three centre-backs and two defensive midfielders so you can get forward more.
"I helped create a few chances and had a few shots myself but I'll play wherever the gaffer picks me."
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