Thursday media watch [11.02.16]
The Sun:Mark Bunn says Aston Villa's FA Cup shame game at Wycombe was the wake-up call they needed. The keeper, 31, made his first outing since August in last month's 1-1 FA Cup draw at Adams Park - and received vile abuse as fans surrounded their bus. Villa have lost just once in the Prem since being held by the League Two Chairboys and have got the supporters back onside.
Daily Star: Mark Bunn admits angry fan protests shook some life into floundering Aston Villa. The 31-year-old journeyman goalkeeper has kept three clean sheets in his five league starts since getting the call. That's contributed to Villa losing only once in the league since he was drafted in to replace Brad Guzan. But the former Norwich stopper reckons it was the angry fan protests at Wycombe in the FA Cup that might have proved the turning point. Furious supporters surrounded the team bus delaying its departure following the 1-1 draw at the League Two side.
Birmingham Mail: Mark Bunn admits the horror-show and aftermath at Wycombe Wanderers earlier this season was a 'reality check' for Aston Villa. Frustrations boiled over when the claret and blues failed to see off the League Two side in the FA Cup as fans were quick to vent their anger at the team. Villa have since turned the corner and are now putting up a fight to stay in the Premier League and Bunn reckons that particular day galvanised the under-performing team.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bunn believes the abuse the squad suffered after being trapped at Wycombe has inspired their survival bid. The 31-year-old and fellow players were taunted by Villa's own fans as they boarded the team bus after the 1-1 FA Cup draw with the Sky Bet League Two side last month, with footage posted on social media. The team were also pinned in at Adams Park with furious Villa supporters gathering outside the main reception. But Villa have lost just two of their past seven games in all competitions since, and beat Norwich 2-0 Saturday to claim just their third Premier League win of the season.
Daily Mirror: Aston Villa keeper Mark Bunn reckons their savaging at the hands of angry fans has given Rémi Garde's men a fighting chance of survival.The Premier League basement side's flops were mercilessly abused by their own supporters after being held at League Two Wycombe in the FA Cup last month. Villa's players were kept in at Adams Park for over an hour after the final whistle with furious away supporters waiting by the team bus amid gridlock on the roads. It was an ordeal for Bunn, 31, on his second start for the club as the team and boss Garde were verbally abused when they eventually got on the coach home. But Villa have lost just once in the top flight since that day, and beat fellow strugglers Norwich 2-0 last Saturday. Since playing at Wycombe and keeping his place, Bunn has kept three clean sheets ahead of Liverpool's visit on Sunday.
Birmingham Mail: Idrissa Gana is slowly growing into the talented player that had Villa scouts purring. The 26-year-old was watched for months prior to his £9million move from Lille after statistics backed up what Villa's eyes on the continent had already discovered. Those crunching the numbers at Bodymoor Heath will be pleased to see Gana progressing nicely in a new deep-lying role. And recent figures highlighting the Senegal ace as a one of the top-performing midfielders in Europe are the icing on the cake for those who recommended him to the club.
Birmingham Mail: When Keinan Davis was told he would never cut it as a professional footballer his boyhood dreams appeared to be over. After years of walking a six mile round trip to get to the academy at Stevenage FC, the teenager was released with a parting message that he would never make the grade. Two years and a Match of the Day shout-out later, Davis is pulling out all the stops to prove his doubters wrong. After signing for Villa in December, boss Rémi Garde named the 17-year-old striker on the bench during last weekend's Premier League win over Norwich. The Frenchman had personally checked out the powerful forward during an U18s outing in which he scored twice in a 3-2 win over Arsenal.
Birmingham Mail: Rémi Garde says there is a lot of work to do to rebuild Villa and he is ready to take the club forward - if he gets the right backing. The Frenchman insisted he would be willing to stay at the helm if Villa are relegated from the Premier League but warned he would only consider that if the board support his plans for promotion.
The Sun: Rémi Garde has been challenged to rebuild Aston Villa from the rubble of this season. Owner Randy Lerner has vowed to give his frustrated French boss the resource he requires to ensure the Midlands giants recover from their car-crash season.
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BBC Sport: Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with the Premier League club. The 25-year-old Spain international joined the Potters from Barcelona for an undisclosed fee in July 2014. Bojan, who missed the second half of last season with a knee injury, has scored 10 goals in 41 games for Stoke.
Sky Sports: Kelechi Iheanacho says Manchester City will fight Tottenham "to the final whistle" when the teams go head-to-head on Super Sunday. City head to White Hart Lane having seen their Premier League title bid rocked by a 3-1 home defeat to leaders Leicester City last weekend. As a result, Manuel Pellegrini's side are six points behind the Foxes and one behind Spurs on a weekend which also sees Arsenal play host to Leicester.
BBC Sport: Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside has died aged 63 following a battle with cancer. He was chairman for 16 years, during which time the club enjoyed an 11-year stint in the Premier League and two UEFA Cup campaigns.
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