Fletcher - Pressure brings OGs
Darren Fletcher feels the amount of pressure on opponents is why so many own goals have been scored.
Last Updated: 11/02/10 11:47am
Darren Fletcher feels Manchester United are earning so many own goals this season due to the pressure being put on their opponents.
United secured a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Wednesday after Ryan Giggs' cross-shot was turned into his own net by James Collins - the 10th time the Premier League champions have benefited from an own goal this season.
Fletcher believes the quality of delivery the Red Devils put into the box, allied to the build-up of pressure, has contributed.
"It comes from putting teams under pressure," said Fletcher.
"If you put the ball into the right area it's difficult to defend. If you can whip the ball in between the goalkeeper and the defence there's a chance one of your players can get onto the end of it.
"If not, it also causes problems for defenders and fortunately they've been knocking them into their own net.
"But if you look at the own goals this season there's always a United player coming in behind who can easily tap into the net."
United played for an hour at Villa Park with 10 men after Nani was sent off and Scotland international Fletcher was satisfied to emerge with a point after leaders Chelsea lost at Everton.
He added: "Overall it was a good point and in the second half we had the majority of the ball. We felt comfortable with 10 men, the lads at the back defended well, we kept our shape in midfield and made it difficult for Villa to break us down.
"Then, when we did get the opportunity to go forward, we tried to play some football and get it up to Wayne.
"Giggsy was playing some good passes and Valencia was a real problem and a great out-ball for us. We created enough half chances [to win it], but ultimately we're happy with a point.
"Before the game if you'd said the gap at the top would be one point you would have taken it. We'd have liked to have won, but overall it's been a really good night for us."