Monday media watch [18.06.12 PM]: Reaction to Hammers opening test
Clubcall: West Ham co-chairman David Gold says the Hammers will be out for revenge against Aston Villa on the opening day of the season. The east London club are back in the Premier League after a 12-month absence and are looking to make a better start to the season than they did two years ago when they lost to Villa 3-0 in the first match of the campaign. That year ultimately ended painfully for the Upton Park faithful as they were relegated to the Championship.
Sky Sports: West Ham United co-chairman David Gold admits he is hoping for revenge against Aston Villa after they were paired together on the opening day of the Premier League season. The Hammers are back in the top flight after just one year in the Championship and once again begin their campaign against Villa, the team they played on the opening day of the season two years ago.
Sporting Life: Sunderland have yet to make a move for out-of-contract central defender Carlos Cuellar, according to the player's agent. The Spaniard became a free agent after leaving Aston Villa following the end of his contract. Black Cats manager Martin O'Neill, who brought Cuellar to Villa four years ago, is thought to be interested in signing the 30-year-old.
Sporting Life: Australia international Brett Holman cannot wait to play for Aston Villa next season and is determined to make an immediate impact. Holman says it is a 'dream come true' to have the chance to play in the Premier League and he is determined to prove his worth to the club.
Express & Star: Paul Lambert was today hopeful of a good reception from Norwich supporters when he takes Aston Villa to his former club. The Premier League fixtures were revealed today and the claret and blues will head to Carrow Road on May 4 and face the Canaries at Villa Park on October 27. Lambert's departure from the Norfolk club was overshadowed by a disagreement over compensation but the Scot was optimistic that Norwich fans will give him a warm welcome.
*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.
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