Hull 0-0 Villa: Clark - Clean sheet gives us a massive boost
Ciaran Clark believes Villa are proving to be meaner opponents this season after earning a second clean sheet in three league matches.
The claret and blues made it back-to-back shutouts away from home with a goalless draw against Hull on Saturday.
And although Clark admits the team were slightly disappointed with the overall outcome at the KC Stadium, he believes another solid defensive display gives them plenty to build on.
"It's two clean sheets from the last three Premier League games now so hopefully we can carry this run on," said Clark.
"It is always good to not give Brad Guzan that work. The less saves he has to make the better. Hopefully we can keep that going.
"It's disappointing not to win the game but in the end we are happy with a point, especially with the way the game went.
"We had a lot of possession in the first half but didn't create as many chances as we'd have liked.
"We kept their chances down and a clean sheet and a point is always a bonus.
"They didn't really have many chances. We managed to squeeze up quite well off their crosses and it gave Brad a lot of space to come and claim them which takes a lot of pressure off the defensive lads.
"It was a hard-fought point and a good clean sheet so we'll look forward to the next game now."
Clark says the players will head into the international break buoyed by their start to the Barclays Premier League campaign.
Villa have taken 10 points from the opening seven games despite playing four of the league's current top five.
"We've had a pretty tough start to the season with the games we've had," the defender added.
"We've done pretty well and the lads are quite confident.
"Hopefully the way we've played, teams will look at us now and think we are a threat, we can cause problems and we're always going to be a tough side to play against."
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