O'Neill hails keeper Guzan

Villa boss hails Guzan display

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Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill was full of praise for goalkeeper Brad Guzan after his Carling Cup heroics.

The American international was man-of-the-match as Villa claimed a place in the last eight of the competition after a penalty shoot-out victory at Sunderland.

Guzan saved a penalty in normal time from Kenwyne Jones before he stopped three further spot-kicks in the shoot-out.

And O'Neill admits Guzan is unfortunate to find himself behind fellow countryman Brad Friedel.

"There is no question Guzan is a quality goalkeeper," O'Neill told Sky Sports News.

"This is no fluke and he is desperately unlucky not to be in the No.1 slot.

"He gave a fantastic performance and we are naturally delighted to have got through.

"He has been doing it for some time, I think he is a great keeper in the making.

"He has got everything and he is as brave as they come.

"He was immense in pre-season and that performance will elevate his confidence to new heights.

"You got the feeling that it would have to have been something special to beat him."