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Villa boss confident Carson can handle Kranjcar hype

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is confident Scott Carson can handle the hype surrounding his showdown with Portsmouth's Niko Kranjcar today.

O'Neill insists the Liverpool loan keeper is no longer haunted by the moment he fumbled Croat Niko Kranjcar's weak shot.

O'Neill, whose men host Portsmouth today, said: "It's funny the way the fates have thrown this fixture up so soon after the England game - but Scott has come through a couple of matches now.

"Middlesbrough two weeks ago would have been pretty daunting for him but our fans were brilliant and helped him.

"Peter Shilton made a famous mistake when he started. Look at the career he went on to have."

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