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Petrov Will Come Good

In a report in The Birmingham Post by Lisa Smith, Martin O'Neill insists that Stiliyan Petrov will settle at Villa and prove his worth.

O'Neill said: 'Someone made the point as to whether Stiliyan is under more pressure. Stiliyan has a much higher expectation of himself than he has shown here and I have to be perfectly honest because I know what he is capable of doing. I felt that it was an opportunity for him on Sunday. He played the holding role in midfield, and in fact I wouldn't have remembered ten times in my five years at Celtic that he played a holding role. He was always the one thrusting forward and getting into the penalty area.'

The Villa boss continued of the Bulgarian international, 'That's fine at the moment. Let him try to get a bit of confidence back into his game. He got plenty of touches early on and started to get a wee bit of momentum going. And I thought he was still going towards the end so it was pleasing enough. I thought he did okay, and he still has a big point to prove. He wants to prove it and he wants to show people here that he is a much, much better player than he has shown here. And I am hoping that, over the course of time, he will do it.'

I'm not sure that these comments and the previous ones over the past year by the manager, player and team mates really help Stiliyan? This surely puts him once again in the spot light at a time that he is obviously struggling to find any sort of form? The annoying thing with Petrov is his debut was just sublime, so how could he produce that against West Ham at Upton Park but then all but disappear at times? That is a retorical question by the way, I've no idea as I was so good at football I'd regularly be picked for the school team. Fair enough it was for the womens team, but hey ho, you take what you are given in life! ;-)

Or as Billy Bragg would say, 'I never made the first team, I just made the first team laugh.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 1 2007

Time: 12:04PM

Your Comments

If he does come good we could have one hell of a player, I remember his debut v West Ham (as I've banged on about it enough). At the time I thought we'd got our new Magic Merse, he just ran the game.
The Fear
He's a quality player suffering from a lack of confidence. Personally I think he wasn't anywhere near as bad as many fans claim he was last year, after all he was playing with Gav who didn't exactly draw much attention from opposing defensive midfielders..... Maybe if our "supporters" stop booing him we could actually have a positive influence on his performances.....
gmvillan
Totally agree the booing is just totally off. Can't see what anyone would think they were achieving by doing it? DLC used to have the same and I always thought he gave 100% every minute on the pitch. Mind you, we aren't as savage as the West Ham fans, they really lay into their players!
The Fear
after being at bolton i thought he did a very good job, then when i watched the game again when i got home, i thought he done very very well, possibly man of the match as he didnt put a foot wrong and showed very good vision throughout
Stig
Agree totally. No where near as bad as some fans make out, but not as good as we had hoped, especially after his debut. I actually think that after his first few games his best performances have been when playing as a holding midfield player. He does 'put his foot in' and rarely gives the ball away, although in that role his passing is not very progressive but keeps us in possession. I believe this is the role he often plays for Bulgaria, and the role he played very well at Bolton.The problem is that we all expected him to play his 'Celtic' role, which was as a creative player getting past the strikers and scoring goals from midfield positions. This hasn't happened, and that I think has led to a lot of the frustration because that is the type of midfielder Villa are crying out for. The million dollar question is, can he , with rebuilt confidence, be that player? I really hope so, and he will stand a lot more chance ifthe fans get behind him rather than the moronic booing we heard at a recent home match.
krfeskivilla
more impressed with the Billy Bragg quote... respect to Mr. Fear.
Jon.H
Some of his performances have been poor recently, (Not including Bolton when he did very well) but he is a good player and i still believe he'll turn the corner and we'll see the petrov MON intended to bring to Villa Park. Hopefully soon.
The Usual Suspect
I really hope he does come good, as the fear stated his debut was unbelievable. However, how long can you give someone?
weller77
Weller that is a fair point - sometimes it just doesn't happen at a club for players, for whatever reason. I personally hope to see the best of him before we say goodbye.
The Usual Suspect
Him and Gareth on form could run any midfield if played together. Barry has been off since his England performances as well. Petrov needs someone on there game to bring the best out in him. Gotta hope it is true as it would benefit us all if he came good. Only problem is if he got a run and didn't perform, it would hurt us.
Gazvilla
It seems to me that Petrov having one average game in a woeful Villa performance at Bolton is possibly being seen as a justification for giving him another run. Pick your best performing players is my view - and while the odd bad game shouldn't count against you, neither should the odd average game take you very far either. Gardner was great when Petrov was out at the end of last season and has been good again this season too. There is no justification for leaving him out. Petrov I wish well but he has not earned his place at the front of the queue yet. The manager clearly knows him best - but waiting 30 games for Petrov to find form last year ultimately cost us a good few points which would even last season have put us in Europe. Everyone needs to earn what their place and he is no exception. And everyone who earns their place deserves our full support. If MON has seen enough in training to go with him again then he is clearly the Boss and he and Petrov get my support out on the pitch - but we can't afford to be waiting for him to find his form this season too - play to form in the first team or find your form in the reserves.
stennyvilla
Alas he has lost the plot since the West Ham game 18 months ago. Maybe if he stopped dying his hair so much....
col8
He's a quality footballer, but is now under even more pressure to start producing, because he has to win over the boo-boys who have decided to make him a scapegoat. I agree with those who have said that he performed better last season than he was ever given credit for, and hopefully he can now get his act together and start doing the business on a regular basis.
glensider
Do you think he's done enough to justify a starting place though???
villabikes29
No he wont he's garbage.
will it ever happen
Personally yes, villabikes29. I'm certain he'll come good, He's way too good a footballer not to.
glensider
 

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