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Petrov happier at Villa

Stiliyan Petrov is feeling happier about his form at Aston Villa.

Petrov was dropped earlier in the season and has struggled to win over the Villa fans upset at the sale of academy product Steve Davis to Fulham in the summer.

But Petrov has been more like his former self since being recalled by manager Martin O'Neill and impressed in Sunday's second city derby win over Birmingham.

It was Petrov's dangerous low cross which forced the mistake for the first goal when former Villa defender Liam Ridgewell turned the ball into his own net.

Petrov said: "The manager brought me here to show what I can do. I know what I am capable of. I've been working hard and I'm really happy I'm showing what I can do.

"There is more to come because I know what my limits are and I'll try to progress as much as I can.

"My own confidence is good. We all want to play. We know sometimes you go through bad periods and every time you get in the side you need to perform well and work hard.

"If the manager gives you a chance to play, you try to take it. I have now played the last three games and I hope I can keep playing well and keep my place."

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