Brad Guzan today insisted halting Villa’s losing streak was more important than ending their clean sheet drought.
The claret and blues kept a Premier League shutout at the 27th attempt in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Norwich.
Libor Kozak’s first-half winner also ended their three match losing streak in the top flight and goalkeeper Guzan, who last kept a clean sheet in December, said victory was paramount.
He said: “I’m not going to lie and say it’s not nice, but it’s not the most important thing. The important thing is three points. Normally when you do those things, a good performance and everyone is together, good things happen.
“More importantly, it was about three points. If we were to go the rest of the season without a clean sheet and win every game I would be happy. It’s an added bonus when you get a clean sheet. It’s not easy in this league with the talent the teams possess.
“Whether you are playing a top four team or a team at the bottom it’s always difficult to keep teams out. Hats off to the guys on Saturday because they put in a good shift.”
Boss Paul Lambert was largely ignored by the Norwich fans, on his third return to the club since he quit for Villa last year.
And Guzan said the manager’s comeback was not a factor in Villa’s second away win of the season.
He added: “Any place you go it’s difficult. You get stick anywhere you go whether you played for the club or not. For us as players we knew it was going to be a hostile environment because it always is when you play away.
“For us it was about sticking together and fighting for 90 minutes. Fair play to the guys in front of me. We did enough to get a result.”