Vlaar takes positives in loss

  • Last Updated: April 24 2013, 9:17 BST

Ron Vlaar believes Aston Villa can take some encouragement from their second-half performance against Manchester United as they bid to secure Premier League survival.

Ron Vlaar: Says everyone feels responsible in Aston Villa's fight for survival
Ron Vlaar: Says everyone feels responsible in Aston Villa's fight for survival

Villa went down to a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford, with all three goals coming inside the opening 33 minutes as Robin van Persie netted a hat-trick to help United clinch the title.

However, Vlaar and his defensive colleagues battled hard after the break to ensure there was no repeat of the 8-0 drubbing against Chelsea in December.

Villa remain just three points clear of the drop zone with four matches still to play and have a worse goal difference than relegation rivals Wigan Athletic, but Vlaar is confident they can stay up after limiting the damage at United.

He said: "It's a positive thing. We all know what happened at Chelsea and it didn't happen this time.

"Some people expected it but it's an improvement.

"The second half was a lot better, we had better positions, we didn't lose possession and kept the spaces a lot smaller.

"It was more difficult for Manchester United. We are four goals behind Wigan so we have to get enough points. Everyone feels responsible."


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