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Fans the key - Vedran

Posted on 1 May 2009  - 12:00

Vedran Corluka is looking to get back in the old routine back on home soil on Saturday.

Fans the key - Vedran

Vedran Corluka is looking to get back in the old routine back on home soil on Saturday.

The right-back admitted the defensive unit is still hurting after last week's events at Old Trafford, where we led United 2-0 at half-time before a controversial penalty sparked a spectacular comeback of five goals in 20 minutes and a 5-2 defeat.

It's been a different story at the Lane, however.

We go into tomorrow's (May 2) encounter against West Brom looking for a six-successive clean sheet at home in the Premier League - the current run of five is fourth-equal in the club's history - while at the same time defending a goals conceded record of just nine. The club record is 11 conceded at home in a league season back in 1919-20 while the best in the Premier League era is 16.

Not that ‘Charlie' expects it to be plain sailing against the league's bottom side. "For a start, we lost at West Brom back in December," he said.

"That was a difficult day for us. We went down to 10 men early in the game and then we all felt we had a bad decision from the referee (it looked like a foul on Michael Dawson) for their first goal. They scored late and it was disappointing.

"West Brom also had a good win last week, they still have a chance of staying in the league and I'm sure they will come to win the game.

"It will be difficult but we have the strength to do it. We will always have chances to score goals so we know if we keep clean sheets we can win games."

Asked for the secret behind our fantastic home form - just one defeat in 19 games in all competitions since Harry Redknapp's arrival - and Vedran quickly pointed to the fans.

"That's a big thing for us," he said. "It's a great atmosphere and the fans help us and carry us through games. It's much easier for us to play at home and hopefully it will be the same on Saturday."