Petrov: Villa need to be clinical

14 September 2010 12:11
Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has urged his team-mates to become more clinical after their last-gasp 2-1 defeat at Stoke on Monday.[LNB] Villa had looked on course for a win after Stewart Downing's header gave them a first-half lead. [LNB]Kenwyne Jones, however, headed an 80th-minute equaliser and a late Robert Huth winner left Petrov cursing Villa's inability to hold on. [LNB]"I didn't think that we deserved that," he told AVTV.[LNB]"But at the end of the day it's up to us players to make sure we see games through. [LNB]"We defended well, we were well organised, we played some good stuff and we scored a great goal to give us the lead. [LNB]"We looked comfortable and they were just playing long balls. [LNB]"It was so disappointing to see us eventually go down and lose the game in the last 10 minutes. [LNB]"Their first goal was a great header. I can complain about the second one because a few things went against us. [LNB]"But at the end of the day, we can't blame this and that but it's up to us to see the game through. [LNB]"We played well but we need to be more clinical. We got the important goal and then we needed to see it through - but we couldn't. In this league, if you don't, you get punished.[LNB]"The dressing room is down because we put in a lot of hard work. When you do that and get nothing from a game, it's very disappointing."[LNB]Villa will host Bolton this Saturday and the Bulgaria international is backing his team to have an upturn in fortunes.[LNB]He added: "We can bounce back from a game like that. The next match will come around quickly and we need to be ready for it."

Source: Team_Talk