Friedel ready for dogfight

Aston Villa keeper Brad Friedel has warned his team-mates there is

no place to hide in their relegation fight but has dismissed claims

of a mutiny by players. Villa are just a point off the bottom three

after having won only six out their last 25 league games leading to

reports of player unhappiness at manager Gerard Houllier’s new

rules, including banning mobile phones. But Friedel, 39, said: “All

the stories that have been going about are untrue, it’s people just

trying to stir things up. “But we need to put all that to one side,

starting on Saturday (at Everton). “We have obviously had our ups

and downs now but we need to be one.” Speaking at the Soccerex

conference in Manchester, Friedel said it was up to the players to

get Villa out of their predicament. He added: “In today’s game

players have to take a lot more responsibility. “Once you cross the

white line there is no-one there to hold your hands. “It’s up to us

to get enough points to keep us in this division. There’s no hiding

place.”