Nzonzi: Potters need front-foot policy to keep points rolling in
STEVEN Nzonzi says Stoke's next target is to add an attacking threat to go with their magnificent defence.
The Potters kept their third clean sheet in four games in Saturday's goalless draw at Aston Villa, but rarely looked like scoring themselves in a dour game.
Nzonzi says he is proud to be part of a side who have conceded just 12 goals in their 16 league games this season.
However, he says they also want to offer more going forward, having only netted 14.
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He said: "This was a good game and we are happy with the draw away from home.
"Defensively we are very good, that is the most important thing. But as soon as we can get clean sheets, it is always important to score more goals."
The £3m signing from Blackburn has been an important part of City's defensive record as he has excelled as a holding midfielder.
He matched those high standards on Saturday as he intercepted Villa attacks and also kept the ball to take pressure off his defence.
He says Stoke have such a good defensive record because the whole team play their part.
He added: "It's all the team – the back four, the midfielders and the strikers. We work hard together, so that is why at the moment we are so good defensively."
The 23-year-old has quickly become a favourite with the Stoke supporters who chanted his name repeatedly during Saturday's game at Villa Park.
He looks an early contender to be Stoke's player of the year, although skipper Ryan Shawcross should also be in contention after another superb performance alongside German centre-half Robert Huth at the heart of the impenetrable Stoke defence on Saturday.
Asmir Begovic should also be among the front runners, although the keeper didn't have much to trouble him on Saturday.
Nzonzi says he appreciates the way Stoke fans have got behind him since his summer switch from relegated Blackburn.
He added: "That makes me very happy and I want to thank them for supporting me and the team. They are very good like that.
"I feel good, but of course as you play more games you can improve. I am improving every week."
Meanwhile, Nzonzi believes team-mate Ryan Shotton was desperately unlucky to be sent off.
The defender picked up a second yellow card in injury time for an apparent trip on midfielder Fabian Delph as Villa tried to hit Stoke on the break.
However, replays suggested if there was any contact, it was accidental as the Stoke defender appeared to be trying to avoid Delph as he attempted to launch an attack.
Nzonzi added: "I don't really think that it deserved a yellow card.
"Maybe he touched him a bit, but it wasn't a big foul to deserve a yellow card."