Upbeat Guzan: We have taken huge strides forward
Brad Guzan insists Villa have taken huge strides forward.
Guzan was anything but downbeat on the final whistle as he reflected on the 1-0 defeat to the Reds.
Villa's No.1 doesn't like losing but he was positive about the team's chances of success this term, after they showed character and class in abundance against Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.
He told AVTV: "We knew on paper the fixture list this week was going to be difficult for us.
"But the work ethic has been unbelievable - in training and in all three games.
"The shift the boys put in against Liverpool was second to none so it was a unfortunate to come up a bit short.
"To come out on the losing side is not a good feeling but if you look at where this club has come in the last 12 months, it's huge strides.
"To put that kind of performance in, especially in the second half? I thought we were phenomenal after the break.
"To come away with nothing, it leaves a bit of a sour taste in the mouth.
"But we know we have put in three really, really good performances.
"Yes the result wasn't there against Chelsea or Liverpool. But when you put together performances like we have, we will win more games than not.
"So for us it's just a matter of continuing to fight on.
"We know it's early in the season - there are a lot of games to come - but if we put in these performances, good things are going to come."
Guzan paid tribute to his opposite number Simon Mignolet, who kept the Reds in the game after the break with several fine saves.
He added: "I wouldn't say it was an easy day at the office for me but it wasn't a busy one.
"Simon is a good goalkeeper and unfortunately for us, he's pulled one or two good saves out of the bag and kept a clean sheet.
"On another day one of those goes in and we get a draw, two go in and we get the win. It just wasn't to be."
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