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Villans Looking To Pick Up Points

Stiliyan Petrov says the team have to start taking their chances, especially on the road.

The Bulgarian midfielder said after the Reading game: 'I thought they were quicker to the ball in the opening period and they scored the important first goal. We had a few chances in the first half and we couldn't score - that was key! In away games if you get one or two chances you need to take at least one of them and we didn't. The second half was completely different. We put them under pressure and reacted quicker. Again, we had chances and we missed them too. They then punished us with the goal at the end.'

'We knew how they would play. They work hard and they're aggressive as a team. We tried to match that but it just didn't happen for us on the day. I thought Shaun Maloney's performance on his debut was a positive. It didn't surprise me because I know all about him from our time together at Celtic. He is a great player and will be a real asset for this football club.'

Meanwhile Olof Mellberg says they need to rally and start picking up points in order to finish in the top half of the league.

The bearded wonder said: 'Picking up points away from home is definitely important to gain a top half finish. The fact we're not at the moment also puts pressure on us at home. It is really important to have a good home record and we need to keep that going and hopefully we can get a few points away from home because the performances are there. Reading might have been the better team in the first half but I still feel we had the better chances. Apart from the goal, they didn't really have that many.'

And even Villa skipper Gareth Barry has joined in and says: 'The main aim at the start of the season was to improve as a team and I think we have done that. Expectations started to grow when we made our fast start to the season but it was important that no-one here got carried away because it is a long season and doesn't always go smoothly. If we can continue playing good football and pick up some results along the way I'm sure we'll end up in a healthy position at the end of the season.'

Villa don't play again now until March 3 at Craven Cottage as we look to improve our away record against Fulham.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 12 2007

Time: 3:54PM

Your Comments

Very stange results from both the Newcastle and Reading games considering how well we played and chances created. If we can carry on playing that well the results are bound to come. No panic needed.
tylervilla
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12/02/2007 17:14:00

Quite right Tyler no need to panic. At least we look a bit more useful up front these days, whats happened to ridge? Looked like we could have used him saturday.
morky13villa
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12/02/2007 17:38:00

Yes the boys are queuing up to say we must do better. But am I alone in thinking the talking's got to be done on the pitch? As MON said is a results driven business and we need to start putting some points on the board. Roll on the Fulham game and let's hope we start turning chances into goals!
PatMcMahon
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12/02/2007 17:45:00

Also worth remembering its takes a while for players to settle into a team playing well, Villa had 4 new players out at Reading and I suspect they are still finding out things about their team mates playing positions etc etc, Hell the 30 million man at CSKAhelsea is still finding his feet after 25 games......
col8
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12/02/2007 20:52:00

I was pleased with our start as we all were. But that old problem soon crept back in. Scoring away from Villa Park. I don't remember the problem before D'OL so im blaming him. UTV.
iomvilla
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13/02/2007 05:56:00

We do need to start winning some games, and putting a few additional points onto the board. We've come a long way in a short time, and the team re-shaping and rebuilding is not yet complete. Things are looking a lot, lot brighter than they ever were last June, when I personally believed that under O'Leary and Ellis, and in front of gates around 20-25,000 we were relegation certainties. We're getting there, and with a summer of transfer activity ahead of us, I'm confident that we're on the verge of taking off.
glensider
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13/02/2007 06:37:00

I think Petrovs comments were disgraceful. Our strikeforce are new signings and Gabby is only a first team regular this year so they will take time to settle. Our next in line to score should be Petrov but hes got one goal!! In my opinion they have all been better than Petrov - its about time he played as well as he did on his debut instead of swiping at other players and supporting his old Celtic mate. I reckon that he should be taken out of the side and let Steve Davis play in centre-mid with McCann - not out wide - let him play his natural position and he will show he is better than Petrov.
deano.avfc
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13/02/2007 09:21:00

There is still the feeling that the current midfield have a missing link. MON will sort tat out in the summer I am sure.
col8
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13/02/2007 09:26:00

we also need something at the back,I dont fancy Bardsley too much
Pking
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13/02/2007 11:10:00

Bardsley was excellent, he even came accross the box twice showing awareness to cut out a couple of balls.
Stig
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13/02/2007 12:53:00

Talk is cheap, we need results on the park now. I'm looking at the Redscouse game to really see if we really can deliver. We haven't beaten any of the big four for ages. I'm fed up with all these teams supposedly playing well against us (Man City, Newcastle, Boro, Fulham.....)
tarzan
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13/02/2007 13:27:00

Bardsley is too lightweight at the moment. He looks like the kind of guy that could fill out though. His ditribution is very poor but he is a good tackler. In the Summer I reckon a top-quality replacement for McCannot would be shrewd business. It is a bit harsh on McCann because he has been pretty good this season, on the whole, but someone who could win headers from goal-kicks and get the ball moving quickly would be perfect. Then we might start seeing what Pertov can do as this would give him freedom to sit behind the front two.
joerothuk
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13/02/2007 15:08:00

I think Bardsley has done well. He still has a lot to learn obviously, being pretty much a novice in terms of premiership experience. Petrov is quality, of that I have no doubt. He'll come good, although obviously we cant wait for ever.
glensider
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14/02/2007 02:38:00

Maybe it's just me, but every time I see Olie clean-shaven, I think to myself, O no, here it comes. I'm undecided about Bardsley. Is he really a right back? Sometimes I see the way he looks (not to mention plays) and I'm not convinced that he's convinced about it.
505anthony
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14/02/2007 02:38:00

To be honest I am a little bit fed up of players coming on here and saying we must do this or we must do that. Stop talking about it and do it!!
jonah
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14/02/2007 13:11:00

 

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