Randy chat can help us says Petrov

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY MARCH 8 - By FRANK MCCAULEY

RANDY LERNER might be se­verely out of pocket – but it hasn’t stopped him at­tempt­ing to lift sag­ging spir­its at As­ton Villa.

The Amer­i­can owner could be for­given for feel­ing sorry for him­self af­ter Villa re­ported losses of £54mil­lion for 2010-11 last week.

To make mat­ters worse, they are suf­fer­ing a sea­son to for­get with the club 15th in the ta­ble and boss Alex Mcleish a tar­get for abuse from fans.

But skip­per Stiliyan Petrov has re­vealed Lerner has been a reg­u­lar at the club’s train­ing ground – of­fer­ing pep talks to the play­ers in a bid to boost morale.

“He’s been to train­ing a few times and he has been in a good mood,” said Petrov.

“He’s tried to give pos­i­tives to all the mem­bers of the club.

“We hope this year we will be com­fort­able and next year we hope we’ll kick off with a bet­ter start and bet­ter sea­son.

“At the end of the day we have a chair­man who is try­ing to run his books – he knows what is right and wrong.

Hoodoo

“If you have good play­ers, new play­ers com­ing in is al­ways a help but if not we just need to deal with it.

“We don’t com­plain, we just get on with it and try to do our best for the club to try to get them as far up the ta­ble as we can.”

Af­ter be­ing held by Black­burn on Satur­day, next up for Villa is the visit of on-fire Ful­ham.

The Cot­tagers beat Wolves 5-0 on Sun­day and they will fancy their chances against Mcleish’s men, who are aim­ing for a first home win in EIGHT.

Petrov added: “We have to end that hoodoo. We now have two home games.

“The fans were bril­liant at Ewood Park. We know it is a frus­trat­ing time for them but we’ll get out of this po­si­tion.

“We know Villa Park can be in­tim­i­dat­ing and we are look­ing for that against Ful­ham. It will be a good game.”

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