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Keeping it clean

Posted on 16 April 2009  - 12:00

Ledley King is after a 10th home shut-out when we face Newcastle on Sunday - knowing we've got the firepower to win games.

Keeping it clean

Ledley King is after a 10th home shut-out when we face Newcastle on Sunday - knowing we've got the firepower to then go and win games.

Last weekend's 1-0 win against West Ham represented our ninth clean sheet in the Premier League at the Lane this season.

The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have all been shut-out as we've conceded just nine goals in 16 league games - the second-best home defensive record in the league behind Liverpool.

"As a defender you want to keep clean sheets and we've done well this season," reflected Ledley, a key player in that record. "We've not conceded many goals at home and we know if we keep a clean sheet we'll have a great chance of winning.

"With the players we have, we're always going to create chances and that was the case against West Ham.

"In the first half it was a little too open, they looked dangerous on the counter and that was their best chance of scoring, so we had to tighten up in the second half.

"We did that and we've top quality forwards who we know can always score goals.

"Roman came off the bench to score the winner and that shows the depth of strength in the squad. Jermain (Defoe) is close to coming back as well, so it's looking good."

Leds is hoping to maintain a record of just one defeat in 18 matches at home since Harry Redknapp's arrival when we face Newcastle on Sunday.

"We're taking it one game at a time, we're in good form, playing well and we have to keep it going until the end of the season," he added.

"The fans have helped us make it a fortress here but Newcastle are fighting for their lives, so we expect another tough game."