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Lichaj relishing challenge of stopping Spurs speed demons

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Lichaj relishing challenge of stopping Spurs speed demons

By Dan Harrison

Eric Lichaj is relishing the challenge of stopping Tottenham's speed demons - after being boosted by his impressive run in the Villa starting XI.

Lichaj has delivered a series of accomplished displays in a less familiar left-back role in recent weeks.

Now the USA international is braced for the task of facing in-form Spurs wingers Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon.

But it is a challenge that does not faze the 23-year-old full-back.

"Every game brings new challenges and every game is different in some sort of way," said Lichaj.

"The first few games are always the toughest in my eyes then when you get a good run of form it becomes a bit better.

"If I do play then I'll make sure I do my best against them.

"For me my strength is probably one-versus-one defending so hopefully I can do my job on Sunday.

"I am happy with my form. I am working hard and I am just doing what I can.

"It is too bad that we haven't won for a few weeks but hopefully that is going to change."

Lichaj has made the switch to left-back from his natural right-back position with relative ease.

He is reaping the benefit of playing on the left-hand side during his loan spell at Leeds United last term and for the USA in the summer.

"It is not my natural side but I am happy playing there," the defender added.

"My left foot could always get better and it is something I need to work on.

"But I am alright playing there - left-back or right-back, I'm fine.

"Over the summer I played left-back for the USA and when I was on loan at Leeds I played there too so it is nothing out of the ordinary for me.

"I've been playing full-back for quite a few years so it comes naturally and I am not getting too many nerves during games.

"I am enjoying football at the moment."

This weekend's game will also bring Lichaj up against former Villa loanee Kyle Walker.

He has been impressed with the recently-crowned PFA Young Player of the Year's progress over the last 12 months.

"I wasn't here that long with him because I went on loan to Leeds," Lichaj added.

"But the way he has progressed even from when he was here, he won PFA Young Player of the Year and he has done very well for himself.

"He will be a threat just like all the other players for Tottenham. But if we do our jobs we should be alright."

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By @AVFCOfficial 3rd May 2012
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