Okore has suggested that when Villa play a certain way and retain the ball effectively, it allows the team to nudge further up the pitch.
“We had a good defensive line and we defended bravely. It was really nice to play again with Ron. It's been a long time,” said Okore.
“We kept the ball well and made it easier to stay really high and defend up the pitch.”
When Villa stay high up the pitch, it allows them to squeeze their opposition and maintain pressure in attack.
Villa have players who are well suited to producing wave after wave of attacking play, as they look for a weakness in the opposition.
Okore’s comments are encouraging because they show an understanding from the defence over when they can afford to nudge up and when they need to drop off.
It’s also significant that Okore has the chance to play consistently alongside Vlaar over the rest of the season.
One of the problems Tim Sherwood has experienced since he took over at the club has been finding a set of defenders in key positions to play consistently next to each other.
Hopefully Okore, who came on as a first half sub last weekend, and Vlaar can produce good performances, which lead to clean sheets and enabled the club’s Premier League safety while creating a decent platform for possible success in the FA Cup.