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Solskjaer demands defensive improvements

10 February 2014 18:18

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called for his side to improve defensively ahead of Tuesday's home clash with Aston Villa.

Solskjaer's men sit second from bottom in the Premier League and fell to a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to south Wales rivals Swansea City last Saturday.

Cardiff have shipped 44 goals in the league this season, the second most in the division, and have conceded in each of their last nine league games.

Former Manchester United striker Solskjaer has been disappointed by his side's lack of solidity at the back and is expecting a difficult clash against a Villa side, who have been dangerous away from home this season.

"We do concede too many goals at the moment to have any chance of winning games," he said. "We can't let in two goals and just expect to score three.

"We have also conceded too many goals at home although Saturday's game was the first time we have gone in level at half time under me.

"The second half was disappointing so this is something that we have to address. We simply have to stop letting in the amount of goals we are at the moment.

"Villa at home is a chance to get points. But Villa are a very good away team and we know we are facing a tough team."

The Norwegian left Craig Noone out of the squad for Swansea because of a minor injury, but expects the winger to return for the visit of Paul Lambert's men.

"Craig was struggling with a slight injury and we had to look after him," Solskjaer added. "I think he will be available to face Villa but he needed a rest."

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Date
11 February 2014
Game week
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