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.

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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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