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PAUL LOOKING TO KEEP IT CLEAN

Posted on 9 January 2006  - 12:00

Paul Stalteri hopes to avoid another bolt from the blue when the Blues come to the Lane on Boxing Day.

Paul Stalteri hopes to avoid another bolt from the blue when the Blues come to the Lane on Boxing Day.

The Canadian international and his defensive colleagues have been left stunned by glorious opening goals from our visitors in the last two home games.

Dean Whitehead curled home a free-kick from 25 yards to hand Sunderland the lead and last time out at the Lane, Lumana Lua Lua volleyed home from similar distance to put Portsmouth 1-0 up.

Both goals were against the run of play but thankfully the lads had the resolve on both occasions to come back and win.

Birmingham are next up on Boxing Day and Paul is after a clean sheet

"We've been unlucky in the last couple of home games against Sunderland and Portsmouth in that they've both scored goals out of nothing," said Paul.

"We were all over them in both games and all of a sudden we were 1-0 down.

"It's one of those things as a defender or team you can't do much about if someone pulls something out of the hat and sticks the ball into the top corner from 25 yards.

"Hopefully it won't happen again, we'll score the first goal and take the initiative this time. It will be tough again but if we can keep a clean sheet I've no doubt we'll come away with the three points."