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Villa v Ipswich: Guzan - Time to kick on and build on Swansea point

Wednesday media watch [02.01.13 PM]: Lambert staying upbeat Thursday media watch [03.01.13 AM]: Guzan wants consistency
Villa v Ipswich: Guzan - Time to kick on and build on Swansea point


Brad Guzan insists Villa have quickly laid to rest the ghosts of the festive period.

The boys in claret and blue endured a difficult Christmas with defeats to Chelsea, Tottenham and Wigan, but they hit back with a hard-fought point at Swansea on New Year's Day.

Guzan reckons morale has remained high in the camp because the players haven't been allowed to dwell on the recent setbacks.

With attention now turning to Saturday's FA Cup clash against Ipswich, the American goalkeeper says Paul Lambert's team are ready to kick on from the Swansea draw.

And Guzan believes Villa will be able to remove the shackles against the Tractor Boys.

"There's no pressure, whether you step on the pitch first game of the season, last game of the season, or in the middle of the season," he said.

"Whether you have a bad run of games or a good run of games, it is about performing and having confidence that we can do a job.

"We put those results behind us now because we can't do anything about them.

"We can't change the results and try to come out here and make it right.

"That's all you can do. The confidence and belief we have in each other is sky high.

"We know it's not easy but at the same time we are up to the task and we crack on."

Villa were hampered by poor starts against Chelsea, Wigan and Swansea and Guzan admits it is time for that trend to stop.

"We know the types of performances that we can put together as a team and now it is about to find that ability to be consistent," he added.

"Every time we step on the pitch we need to stop giving teams a 1-0 head start 10 minutes into the game or whatever.

"We have to find a way to continue to go from the first minute to the 90th minute.

"That will help us pick up points along the way and like I said, the quality we have in the dressing room regardless of age is there and we know it is there.

"Now it is about sticking together and building on that result against Swansea."

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By @AVFCOfficial 3rd January 2013
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