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Petrov: Villa must be more clinical in games

Skipper Stiliyan Petrov admits Aston Villa have to be "more clinical" next season if they are to take the next step and secure a Champions League spot.

Martin O'Neill's side enjoyed another successful campaign in finishing sixth in the Premier League, and reaching the Carling Cup final and FA Cup semi-finals.

But Petrov knows that one of the key reasons for Villa's failure to finish above Manchester City and Tottenham in the race for a top-four spot was the number of games the Midlanders drew.

Villa ended up sharing the spoils in 13 of their 38 league games, including a crucial spell of six at home from January to mid-April, which proved costly.

The Bulgaria international said: "It's been a great season for Villa and it's just a pity that such a good season produced no reward.

"We were close in the Carling Cup and FA Cup while we just missed out on fourth place in the Premier League.

"We have produced some superb performances over the past few months but too many potential wins ended up in draws. We intend to be more clinical next season."