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Petrov's Form Desire

Stiliyan Petrov has admitted he is gutted over our inability to see matches to the end, and has called on the team to become more consistent in games.

Speaking on the official site after yesterday's disappointment, Petrov was upbeat about the fact that we showed we could compete with the 'very best', now we have to learn how to beat them and beat them well.

He expressed a certain sense of confusion as to how we managed to lose the game, but didn't go quite as far as mentioning the officials.

'It's difficult to know how we lost the game. After the disappointment at Anfield, the lads really put in a performance against Manchester United. There was plenty of determination.

'We matched them throughout but the last 10 minutes have killed us. We just can't seem to be able to see games through at the moment.

'We didn't deserve to lose but this game is all about picking up results and points and we didn't manage that.

'We need to sort these things out - it's up to us to do that. If we want to achieve things this season, we need to learn quickly.

'When you play the Big Four, you always seem to raise your game. Let's hope we can have that same level of performance from now until the end of the season. That's the aim. We have showed at varying points this season that we can perform to a really high level.

'We need to pick ourselves up and quickly. We have a lot to play for. We have worked so hard this season we don't want all that good work to go to waste.'






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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 6 2009

Time: 1:53PM

Your Comments

Oh blah blah blah, heard it all before, can the team start doing it on the pitch instead of telling us what they are going to do, just do it PLEASE!!!!
young_jonah
Think Stiliyan is doing it young_jonah, week in week out. Player of the season for me!
pjvilla
Give it a rest for Christs sake young_jonah. It's getting monotonous. I don;t mind people criticising when it is warranted but to have a sarcastic dig at anyone is annoying - the same can be said about your ramblings - blah blah blah but you have a right to voice an opinion but this is getting a tad annoying. And by the way - say MON did by Hart (on your say so or not) and he turned out to be totally crap - would you still lay into MON blaming him for buying him?
nazvfc
i am go gutted about the result but on the other hand i am so glad we could outplay the best team in the world for long periods (ok they had a few players missing but so did we). petrov has been awesome this season, and could well make the premier league team of the year in my opinion.
ric112
What worries me is that Petrov (and I'm absolutely sure he's not alone in this; goodness knows many of our fans are of the same mind) thinks we've just played the best. When are people going to open their eyes and realise that less that only half the players picked for Man Utd yesterday would have a chance featuring in Man Utd's strongest team, and only Van der Sar, Evra and Ronaldo would certainly be picked. We were playing, by Premiership standards, a mediocre side, and boy did Man Utd look it. If the Villa camp are kidding themselves that they've just 'competed' with a top class side, then we're in for a very rude awakening against Everton. It's this delusion, which itself betrays a total lack of ambition, that means that we don't deserve Champions League football.
Albarnista
Closing games out has been a Villa failing for many a season now. Is there I wonder, a team out there in any division, let alone the premiership, that concedes so many late goals as we do? I doubt it. On Sunday for example, that was a game we both could and should have won. 2-1 up, in control, barely giving United a sniff, yet still we somehow manage to throw away the points. We were up against the weakest Manchester United side that we have faced in a long, long time, certainly since 1997, when Ferguson sent a collection of reserves and youth team players to face us at Villa Park in a League Cup tie, yet still we were unable to beat them. We might never get a better chance for a long, long time. On Sunday we simply didn't have the belief and/or the conviction to see the game through.
glensider
Petrov vs Luke Young for my Player of the Season. He (Petrov) should score a few moew goals though...
PiperUK
nazvfc, do you use the forum mate? To think I only ever moan would suggest not, I have given the team credit for the performance vs Man Utd. On the Hart thing, I doubt it would happen mate anyway, O'Neill will stand by Friedel, who is past it mate, I can guarantee he will cost us a few goals next season, ah well hey. Oh also, lets not forget that the Messiah was eventually crucified!! Happy Easter!!!
young_jonah
Agree PiperUK. It surely is a two horse race between Luke and Stilyan, two highly consistent performers. Both are deserving of the award, both having surpassed expectations.
glensider
So, young_jonah, we are waiting for the resurrection then :)
Poncho
Yes Poncho, I just wonder who the manager is to resurrect us........
young_jonah
No matter who the manager would be - he would get crucified after 2/3 years anyway. Gone are the days when Ellis used to get impatient and sack the manager to deflect criticism from himself. It is now the fans that are impatient and want the managers head. And no young-jonah I do not visit the forums that much (busy at work and with my business interests in Turkey and UK). I go on after each game to see the over the top reaction (in some cases) to a defeat etc, so I apologise if I offended you in saying you only moan. We HAVE to give the manager the time to either be successful or fall on his own sword. Three seasons and progress HAS been made - if no one can see that then there is no hope for us as fans and for ANY manager that leads our fine glorious club, and be careful what you wish for - We may lose MON and maybe RL too.
nazvfc
 

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