McLeish - We were too careless

Injuries to key players hindered, says manager

McLeish: Unhappy with players not being clinical in front of goal

McLeish: Unhappy with players not being clinical in front of goal

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Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish wants his side to be more ruthless in front of goal following their 1-1 draw with Newcastle.

Gabriel Agbonlahor put the Villans ahead in the 13th minute however the in-form striker's goal was cancelled out by Magpies Leon Best who netted for the third time in this year's Premier League campaign.

Despite the point which means both sides continue their unbeaten league run, McLeish watched on as star striker Darren Bent missed two gilt-edged chances.

"We could have been better in the final third," said the Scotsman.


"We were a bit careless and we've got to be more ruthless in those situations.

"Benty had a right good chance to make it 2-0 and it is not like him to miss those chances but he is only human."

The former Birmingham boss also felt the Midlanders lost momentum after skipper Stiliyan Petrov and Stephen Warnock were handicapped in the second half by ankle and hip injuries respectively.

He added: "We started in a blistering way. There was a good feeling after the first goal and we were opening them up and looked dangerous.

"Then we had a couple of problems with Petrov and Warnock and we lost a bit of momentum with these injuries."