Petrov targets more Villa goals

Petrov is known more for his defensive skills in midfield but he
scored with a stunning strike from distance in Saturday’s 2-2 draw
at Everton. Having netted a memorable goal from almost the halfway
line against Derby in 2008, the Bulgarian admits it was great to
find the target once again in such sublime fashion. He has been
given more freedom to get forward by McLeish and hopes to build on
his latest goal by scoring far more regularly. “It was a nice goal.
People have criticised me for not shooting enough and not scoring
goals but I have now been given a licence to go forward and I’ve
been getting closer and closer,” Petrov told the club’s official
website. “It was great to get a goal and hopefully now I can get a
few more. I don’t do tap-ins – they’re too easy! I only like the
hard ones! “Joking aside, a goal is a goal, it doesn’t really
matter what it looks like or how it goes in – it just matters that
it finds the net. “As I said, I’m looking to score more for Villa
now in the coming weeks and months.” Coming from behind to salvage
a draw against Everton extended Villa’s unbeaten start to the
season, and Petrov credits new manager McLeish for instilling a
never-say-die attitude. “He has been saying to us ‘never give up’
and told us to make sure the opposition know we will always come
back fighting,” explained Petrov. “This is something the manager
has really made a difference with. “I think we showed that against
Everton.” While he was thrilled to battle back for a point, Petrov
has warned his team-mates they cannot afford to start games so
poorly in future. He said: “We never started the game. We were
sloppy. We were slow. We didn’t play our game. We let them play
their game. They put us under pressure. “We were much better in the
second half. We changed it a bit, played two up front with Gabby
and Darren, which created some problems for them. We got a grip of
the game and a good, solid result in the end. “But at the end of
the day we can’t afford to start that slowly and catch up because
in some games it will be too late.”