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Buoyant Okore: I knew I was joining a quality team

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Buoyant Okore: I knew I was joining a quality team


Jores Okore believes Villa will have shocked a few people with their performances this past week - but he's been far from surprised.

Pundits have all hailed the dynamic, energetic and vibrant displays of Paul Lambert's men as they have gone toe-to-toe with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Villa saw off the Gunners, were robbed by the Blues and came up just short against the Reds.

Arsene Wenger looked shocked, Jose Mourinho shattered and Brendan Rodgers relieved after the tough trio of games.

And the likes of Jamie Redknapp, Gary Neville, Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker have all spoken of their claret and blue admiration in post-match verdicts.

But Okore insists he knew what he was joining when he put pen to paper on a four-year deal in the summer.

He told AVTV: "We played really good this past week.

"I think we surprised a lot of people by our performances in last three games.

"But I am not surprised because I always knew we had quality players and a quality team.

"I always thought we could bring something special to the table.

"We play as a team - for each other - so I really think we will get some more points and more goals."

Reflecting specifically on the defeat to Liverpool, Okore was frustrated that the team's dominance after the break wasn't rewarded in front of goal.

He added: "We were unlucky not to get a point. We played a really good match.

"We were good in the second half where we got out there and executed our game-plan and put Liverpool under pressure. I think we were unlucky. It was a bit disappointing.

"In the first half I thought we were a little bit passive. We didn't get up to the players. We didn't pressure them like we normally do.

"We did that in the second half. Then we kept them from our half, kept the ball and created the chances. That was a big difference between the halves.

"It was a unlucky we didn't get a goal or two."

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By @AVFCOfficial 25th August 2013
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