"Getting a clean sheet means to a lot to us as defenders but also because our record recently hasn't included a lot of them."

– Chris Smalling

16/12/2012 09:00, Report by James Tuck
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Smalling eyes clean sheet

10 days that could have a significant bearing on the title race.

Smalling added: “The Christmas period is crucial because there are games every few days, but we've got a big squad and players coming back who are going to feel fresh.

“We need to put on some good performances and keep things going.”

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