O'Neill hails Friedel record
American poised to pass David James' appearance milestone
Last Updated: November 27, 2008 11:02pm
Friedel: Record breaker
Brad Friedel's appearance record has been hailed as "fantastic" by manager Martin O'Neill as the Aston Villa goalkeeper prepares to set a new Premier League benchmark.
Friedel will pass David James' current record of 166 consecutive top-flight games when he lines up against Fulham at Villa Park on Saturday.
"It is remarkable in this day and age, whether you a keeper or not, to play that number of games consecutively. It is fantastic," said O'Neill, who signed the 37-year-old from Balckburn Rovers in the summer.
"Well done to him. During the last eight or nine years, from leaving Liverpool
to the career he has had at Blackburn, Brad Friedel has been so consistent.
"Last year was maybe his best ever season and he wants to try and emulate that this year for us."
Friedel has made an impressive start to his Villa career, helping O'Neill's side to a winning start in the Uefa Cup and to a place in the top four of the Premier League.