Date: 6th May 2008 at 11:07am
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Ok, grumpy head on, wouldn’t it be nice, in the lead up to a game if the players said little to nothing that they can’t guarantee they’ll deliver?

Stiliyan Petrov has told the official site today that Villa are determined to end the season well. Ok, good. Err, Wigan last weekend?

Talk on the pitch means a great deal more than in the press surely, or am I just Mr Grumpy Pants from Grumpyville?

Petrov said ‘We want to play in Europe and we want to finish the job. We’ve made our job harder but it is not impossible. We’ll go to West Ham trying to win and hopefully the result will go our way in the other game. It was disappointing to lose after the run we’ve had but it is important to bounce back straight away. We’ll give it our best shot at West Ham and if you look at our results this season, we know we can win away from home. We will go there confident we can win.’

Adding, ‘The message to the fans is that it is not over yet. We will go to West Ham looking for three points and we’ll see where we are when the season finishes.’

He also adds that they were disappointed not to have put the pressure fully on Everton after the no show against Wigan but reminds us there is another game to play. Villa have to beat West Ham, all Everton need is a draw v Newcastle to finish 5th. 6th place is also still up in the air with us, Blackburn and Pompey (both of whom have to win to leapfrog us) all able to take that spot. If Pompey finish there it won’t matter too much, but if Blackburn finish above us they’ll take the Inter Two Bob place and leave Villa reflecting on what could have been!

Hopefully with a good summer in the transfer market, this time next season there will be no if’s and buts. I’m sure a few other teams are thinking the same!