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Petrov targets improvement
08 Jan 2008 - 13:19:31
Midfielder Stiliyan Petrov believes Aston Villa must learn how to beat the top teams if they are to fulfil their promise of breaking into the Premier League's 'big four'.
Martin O'Neill's side exited the FA Cup at the third round stage at the weekend after being drawn against last year's beaten finalists Manchester United and Petrov hopes Villa have learned their lessons from the 2-0 defeat.
"We should take heart from the fact we kept Manchester United quiet for 75 minutes," he told the club's official website.
"But that's when the big teams show their quality and strength. When things aren't looking great, they find what they need. They had half a chance and scored - which probably settled their nerves - and then scored again.
"We keep drawing Manchester United in the Cup which doesn't help. But we must learn how to beat these teams.
"If we want to do something in the Premier League or in the FA Cup, we need to start keeping clean sheets against these top sides and then taking our chances at the other end.
"I had a chance in the first half - it was close. But we had several good positions on the ball.
"Maybe we could link better or improve our delivery. We need to use the ball better and take chances - even half-chances."