Stiliyan Petrov says FA Cup exit will help Aston Villa qualify for the Champions League

12 April 2010 02:13
Stiliyan Petrov says Aston Villa will use the disappointment of being knocked out of the FA Cup as motivation to qualify for the Champions League.[LNB]Villa are eight points off fourth-placed Manchester City in seventh with a game in hand over Roberto Mancini's men.[LNB]It's a tall order for Villa, who were beaten 3-0 by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday, to make up that sort of ground with six games of their season remaining.[LNB] At full stretch: Villa's Stiliyan Petrov tries to hold off Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole[LNB]But midfielder Petrov still believes his side can make up the gap, starting with Wednesday's Premier League clash against Everton at Villa Park.[LNB]He said: 'I think after the heavy defeat against Chelsea, we came back and did well against Bolton and then against Chelsea again. That showed the spirit we have got.[LNB]'It won't be hard to pick ourselves up again now - we showed what we can do by coming back after that 7-1 loss to Chelsea.[LNB]'Now we are looking forward to the next match against Everton because we are fighting for Europe.[LNB]'We are really trying to get there. Our desire is very strong. After the disappointments in the final and semi-final, it will make us even stronger to get there.'[LNB] Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill blasts referee Howard Webb after FA Cup semi-final defeatAston Villa must keep hold of Martin O'Neill, insists John Carew ASTON VILLA FC

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