Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mellberg Defending Himself against Criticism

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mellberg Defending Himself against Criticism

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Aston Villa skipper Olof Mellberg believes the expectation levels on his shoulders to produce top-rate performances every week is the reason why he comes in for criticism from David O'Leary.

Villa boss O'Leary has not been afraid to verbally attack the Swedish international in public, most recently after Villa's 3-1 reverse at Manchester City last month.

However, the Villa boss also praised his showings in the recent clashes with Sunderland and Charlton, and on Saturday Mellberg was again a solid figure in the single-goal success over the Addicks.

Mellberg is confident Villa are starting to become a side who are again difficult to break down as they gear up for tonight's Carling Cup clash at Doncaster.

Villa follow that game up with a visit to St James' Park on Saturday to take on Newcastle.

Mellberg said: "I feel in the main I have had a good season. I have made one or two mistakes but overall I have been consistent. I know the manager expects a lot of me and for me to be one of the best players out on the pitch in every game. …

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