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Petrov Calls On Team To Be Clinical

Stiliyan Petrov has admitted the loss to Spurs seriously took the shine off his return to action but he wants the team to be far more clinical in front of goal.

Speaking on the Official Site Petrov talked about his disappointment at not taking any points from the game given the number of chances we created.

'I'm glad to be back but it is a disappointing result especially after the way the boys played in the first half. We got plenty of chances, put pressure on them, and then all of a sudden we see the ball in the back of our net. It was the same story in the second half.'

Petrov argues we are creating more than enough chances to win games, but weak and often amatuerish defending is costing us, especially as we are struggling to put the chances we create away.

'We scored and we still had chances to equilise but it seems like we need to be more clinical and we need to start to win games - that is what matters to us at the moment.'

It would certainly be a big boost if we could get back to winning ways given the easy opposition we face off against next (cough) but we are playing too many games where we could have put a hat-full in the goal but end up walking away without a point.

Houllier has said that a striker isn't necessarily his main aim for any moves we may get in January, and whilst Gabby is still to regain full fitness and sharpness and although Delfouneso is looking brighter in every chance he has I would say it remains abundantly clear the single most important signing we could make in January would be an experienced, and consistently reliable striker to put at least a few of the dozen or more chances we create away.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 28 2010

Time: 8:00AM

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Yes. All know where the weaknesses are. What I don't go along with is the need for experienced players to come back to help support our superb youngsters. Hogg, Albrighton, Bannan, Lichaj, Delph and Clarke all deserve to be kept in the frame, and, in my view it remains the lack of a goalscorer (with no-one better than continuing to give the Fonz a proper run) and our experienced players in defence that are the let-down. I am expecting a good performace today, the result is no done deal. Keep playing the right way, and we will be fine.Our fixture list looks distinctly more inviting in term of points on the board after the next few games. z
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28/12/2010 12:12:00

an experienced striker Fieldy....amen.... tell u wot mate...i would go for a Van Nistelrooy type striker for the remainder of the season...someone who knows where the goal is and will help us get that goal-confidence back.... Thats wot we need........and Gabby will want that too as he plays much better off a striker who is great with his back to the goal, can hold up the play and can be a real menace in the box. Notice a lot of our moves...especially down the right...when a ball is played in....there is no one at the near post... Now as a coach...i thrive on attacking football....i play a wide system and the first i want to see in the box is one of my strikers covering the near post........i dont see that from Villa and i could smash a million tv sets when i watch that...instead we're waiting for stu or marc to whip a ball into the centre or we wait and hope for an incoming far post threat....... thats just ONE of my gripes...... but right now....as a Villa fan...i hope we have petrov and hokey back in the middle this afternoon........we need someone to play against the likes of Milner and Barry ( did i just say that?!!)
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