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.

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.

Upturn in fortunes: Petrov (left) saw Villa go from likely winners to losers

'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.

'We defended well, we were well organised, we played some good stuff and we scored a great goal to give us the lead.

'We looked comfortable and they were just playing long balls.

'It was so disappointing to see us eventually go down and lose the game in the last 10 minutes.

'Their first goal was a great header. I can complain about the second one because a few things went against us.

'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.

'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.

'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.

Villa entertain Bolton this Saturday and the 31-year-old is backing his team to have an upturn in fortunes.

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.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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