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Villa v Norwich media watch: Lambert and Bent in focus ahead of clash
The newspapers preview the lunchtime clash against Norwich City.
27th Oct 2012
Villa v Norwich media watch: Lambert and Bent in focus ahead of clash


Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert welcomes Norwich for a must-win match at Villa Park this afternoon insisting his new club's revival bid is more important than his old club's revenge mission. The 43-year-old Scot knows the Canaries will be anxious to beat his claret and blues during the lunch-time kick off following his bitter summer departure from Carrow Road.

The Sun: Aston Villa striker Darren Bent today reveals that he will NOT ask for a transfer.

The Sun: Chris Hughton says Norwich's trip to Villa is all about the players — not a showdown between himself and Paul Lambert.

Mirror: Darren Bent insists he will not sulk at Aston Villa and has ruled out demanding a move despite the "shock" of being axed by Paul Lambert.

Daily Express: Darren Bent is ready to help Paul Lambert win his latest war with Norwich and says he does not want to leave Aston Villa.

Daily Mail: Paul Lambert will take the biggest gamble of his Aston Villa career so far by once more relegating Darren Bent to the substitutes' bench for Saturday's crunch clash with Norwich City. The Scot is set to exclude Villa's club record £24million signing, plumping instead for Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor as his first-choice strike pairing as he sets about improving a return of just one victory in eight Premier League fixtures.

Daily Telegraph: Darren Bent is facing an uncertain future at Aston Villa but insists he will not be forcing a move in the January transfer window. Bent has endured a difficult four months under new manager Paul Lambert after being made captain before he was surprisingly stripped of the armband and then dropped for two games in a row without an explanation.

Daily Star: Aston Villa's £24m star Darren Bent insists he won't ask for a transfer. The 28-year-old's future at the club has been the subject of increased speculation after he lost the captain's armband and was dropped from the side. Daily Star: Chris Hughton insists Norwich's trip to Aston Villa today is not about ex-boss Paul Lambert.

Daily Star: Boss Paolo Di Canio is ready to send out Swindon's reserves at Stevenage today to rest his first team for Tuesday's Capital One clash with Aston Villa. He says beating Paul Lambert's Premier League ­strugglers takes priority over League One points.

*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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