Toughen up! Stiliyan Petrov tells Aston Villa to get nasty after Stoke surrender

14 September 2010 11:51
Stiliyan Petrov has told Aston Villa to be more ruthless following their 2-1 reverse at the hands of Stoke City.[LNB]The Villa captain saw his side take a 1-0 lead into half-time courtesy of Stewart Downing's header, but two late goals from Kenwyne Jones and Robert Huth condemned Villa to their second away defeat of the season. [LNB]Upturn in fortunes: Petrov (left) saw Villa go from likely winners to losers[LNB]'I didn't think that we deserved that,' the Bulgarian said, '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,' he told AVTV.[LNB]Villa entertain Bolton this Saturday and the 31-year-old 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.'[LNB] Matthew Etherington hails bereaved Tony Pulis for the half-time rocket that inspired Stoke to victoryStoke 2 Aston Villa 1: Huth is on fire in fitting comeback win for sad boss PulisASTON VILLA FC

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