Petrov: I don't do tap-ins

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Stiliyan Petrov hopes his weekend wonder strike against Everton is the first of many, after being given more licence to express himself going forward with Aston Villa.

The 32-year-old club captain has been deployed primarily as an anchorman in the Villa midfield over the past four seasons, but is confident in his ability to hit more goals in his new-found role.

Reflecting on his goal at Goodison Park on Saturday - Petrov's first since his halfway line hammer strike against Midlands rivals Derby County four years ago, the Bulgarian international confirmed:

"It was a nice goal," he said. "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.

"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."

Petrov also reserved special praise for Villa boss Alex McLeish, who he says has instilled a winning mentality in his short time at Villa Park - testament to the club's unbeaten start to the 2011-12 campaign.

"He has been saying to us 'never give up' and told us to make sure the opposition know we will always come back fighting," he continued. "This is something the manager has really made a difference with.

"I think we showed that against Everton. 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.

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