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Clark: Partnership with powerful Vlaar is an absolute dream

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Clark: Partnership with powerful Vlaar is an absolute dream

By Paul Brown

Ciaran Clark has warned top-flight attackers that his partnership with Ron Vlaar will get "stronger and stronger" in the coming weeks and months ahead.

Clark and Vlaar are Paul Lambert's No.1 pairing in central defence for Villa.

Irish ace Clark says playing alongside Vlaar is a dream.

But the pair aim to give forwards nightmares by channelling all their energies into shut-outs for Lambert's Lions.

He said: "It's brilliant to be playing alongside Ron.

"When he came in, we seemed to understand each other right from our first training session.

"The more we train and the more we play together, the stronger we'll get.

"We managed to pick up our first clean sheet on Saturday and hopefully there's many more to come.

"Ron is not only a good player, he's a good guy too. He's a big presence for us on the pitch and he seems to be a fan favourite already!

"I was delighted to score in the game against Newcastle, obviously, but I get the feeling not only will Ron be trying to stop goals he'll be attempting to score his fair share too. I am sure he will do that."

Clark is thrilled to be excelling at centre-half, after a spell of playing here, there and everywhere for the team under previous managers.

Clark is happy in a settled position, although he still maintains he'd switch if needed.

He added: "It's nice to be playing in the position that I grew up in, right from the academy under Tony McAndrew and then in the reserves under Kevin MacDonald and Gordon Cowans.

"For the past few seasons I've been all over the place. I haven't minded that because I'll play anywhere for the team and I'm just glad to be involved.

"But this season it's nice that I've been able to settle down and get myself into one position, which is what I've always wanted."

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By @AVFCOfficial 20th September 2012
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