Wednesday media watch [13.01.16]
The Sun: Rémi Garde bagged his first victory as Villa boss at the 11th attempt. The rock-bottom club's first home league success this season saw them close the gap for survival to eight points. But if they are to complete the greatest of escapes they will certainly need more of the luck gifted to them by Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. Wales' No1 was under no pressure at all on his goal-line as Joleon Lescott rose above Palace's Connor Wickham and Scott Dann from Jordan Vereout's 58th-minute corner.
The Times: Aston Villa were thrown a lifeline in their battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League when Wayne Hennessey, the Crystal Palace goalkeeper, fumbled Joleon Lescott's header over the line. It was Villa's first win in the league since the opening day of the season, 20 matches ago, and their supporters celebrated wildly.
Birmingham Mail: Hallelujah! It might have been Villa Park's lowest Premier League crowd of the season, but it certainly didn't sound like it as Aston Villa finally won a match. The claret and blue faithful who made up most of the 28,245 attendance were rewarded for their patience as Villa tasted victory for the first time since the opening day of the season. Joleon Lescott's 58th-minute winner, with two helping hands from Crystal Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey, gave Rémi Garde's relegation-threatened side a shot of belief.
talkSPORT: Rémi Garde insisted Aston Villa must remain humble after finally clinching his first win as boss. Wayne Hennessey's error gifted Joleon Lescott the winner as Villa claimed a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening. It ended their 19-match winless run in the Barclays Premier League and closed the gap to safety to eight points. However, Villa remain bottom of the table and Garde refused to get carried away following their first league win since the opening day of the season. charge.
BBC Sport: Aston Villa boss Rémi Garde says his players showed "pride" to beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Villa Park to secure their first Premier League victory since the opening day of the season.
Birmingham Mail: Libor Kozak could still have a future at Aston Villa after winning over Rémi Garde by getting into shape. Kozak was recalled to a Premier League starting line-up for the first time in more than two years for Villa's 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace. His last top-flight start came in a 1-0 defeat to the Eagles on Boxing Day in 2013. Kozak has been made available for transfer this month and Celtic lead a clutch of suitors keen on the striker. But Garde hinted that he could still have a part to play in Villa's survival mission.
Daily Mirror: Rémi Garde and his Aston Villa players lapped up the cheers as the Frenchman belatedly celebrated his first win as boss - days after he and his side were slammed by fans. Stand-in captain Joleon Lescott headed the winner with the help of a major clanger from Eagles goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey in the 58th minute.
ESPN UK: Rémi Garde insisted Aston Villa must remain humble after finally clinching his first win as boss. Wayne Hennessey's error gifted Joleon Lescott the winner as Villa claimed a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening. It ended their 19-match winless run in the Premier League and closed the gap to safety to eight points.
Birmingham Mail Online: Rémi Garde reckons Joleon Lescott's match-winning performance was about proving his Premier League class - not silencing his critics. Lescott scored winning goal against Crystal Palace to secure Aston Villa's first top flight victory since the opening day of the season. The 33-year-old centre-half went from zero to hero having become embroiled in a row with supporters during Saturday's FA Cup tie at Wycombe. He is alleged to have sworn at supporters who accused him of being ignorant of the club's plight by messing about with team-mate Brad Guzan in a chewing gum game on the bench at Adams Park. Lescott produced the perfect response with a goal and a commanding display as Villa Park celebrated its first league win of the 2015-16 campaign. But Garde was keen to play down the events of the weekend and to focus of tonight's performance.
Daily Star Online: Delighted Rémi Garde has urged his Aston Villa team to get the winning habit. The French boss saw his men cheered off the pitch following the 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace. Garde said: "My players deserved that and it was nice to see the reaction of the crowd. "They haven't had a lot to cheer about but we had a little bit of luck for the goal. "We have to stay humble. Let's hope this victory gives us more confidence to go out and fight."
Birmingham Mail Online: Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew reckons Aston Villa's Great Escape is "possible" - and says the claret and blues' relegation would be a loss to the Premier League. Villa's 1-0 success over Palace has given the Villa Park faithful renewed hope of avoiding the drop and Pardew hopes Rémi Garde can pull it off. The win - Villa's first since the opening day of the season - closes the gap between themselves and the safety line to eight points.
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Sky Sports: Liverpool are close to rewarding goalkeeper Simon Mignolet with a new contract, according to Sky sources. The 27-year-old has come under fire this season after a number of errors, but the Belgium international looks set to sign a new deal that will keep him at Anfield to 2020.
BBC Sport: Paul Dummett's late strike rescued a point for Newcastle as Manchester United missed the chance to go level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham. It was a remarkable end to a game that had seen the away side lead twice. Wayne Rooney's penalty and Jesse Lingard's finish put them 2-0 up before Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic's penalty levelled the scores. Rooney's second looked to have won it for Louis van Gaal's side but Dummett salvaged the draw in the last minute.
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