Swindon 2-3 Villa media watch [31.10.12 AM]: Reaction to cup win
The Mirror: Paul Lambert accused his Aston Villa players of complacency after finally beating Paolo Di Canio's Swindon. But the Italian still managed to steal the show by staging a one-man pitch invasion at full time to applaud his own fans - and then point to the visiting supporters and the ground to suggest the 17th-placed team in the Premier League will be going down this season. Goals from Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor had given Villa a 2-0 lead at half-time over the League One side. But the Italian then threw on super sub Miles Storey after the break and the teenage striker scored twice - including an outrageous back-heeled equaliser - to set up a thrilling finish. And with both sides pushing for a winner, Benteke converted Eric Lichaj's low cross in the 90th-minute to give Lambert side's a needed win.
Guardian: Paolo Di Canio said before this fourth-round game against Aston Villa that victory would be better than sex with Madonna, but a late goal from Christian Benteke denied Swindon Town a quarter-final place despite their second-half bravery, and thankfully left further prurient comparisons unnecessary. Villa looked to have squandered a two-goal advantage after goals from Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor gave them a cushion at half-time. But an unlikely comeback was fashioned thanks to two strikes from the 18-year-old substitute Miles Storey, before Benteke fired in his dramatic winner.
The Telegraph: Paolo Di Canio was sadly unable to make any further colourful references to Madonna after Christian Benteke's late goal provided Paul Lambert with a much-needed ray of light. Di Canio had claimed that beating Villa would compare favourably to sex with the former Material Girl but his hopes of an unlikely conquest were extinguished just when it appeared as if he would claim another scalp from a higher division. Swindon struck with two late goals in as many minutes to set up the prospect of extra-time but Christian Benteke enhanced his burgeoning reputation in added time to put Villa through to the quarter-finals for the third time in four seasons. Di Canio still had the last word, though. As the last man to leave the pitch, he pointed to the heavens before theatrically turning to Villa's supporters and signalling to the ground. Was it a prediction that Villa would be relegated? "No," he said. "I was saying to my fans that they had been brilliant and their support was so good that they were up there and Villa were below them.
Daily Star: Madcap Paolo Di Canio reckoned a victory over Villa would be better than sex with Madonna. But the Swindon boss was feeling anything but in the groove as his side were cruelly denied. Swindon were trailing to two first-half goals when 18-year-old striker Miles Storey came off the bench with 15 minutes left and scored twice in three minutes. But in the final minute, Villa regained the lead when Christian Benteke scored the winner, sweeping home a low right-wing cross from Matthew Lowton.
Daily Express: Villa manager Paul Lambert put more question marks against Darren Bent's future at the club by leaving him out of a difficult Capital One Cup tie at Swindon. It nearly proved a big mistake as gallant Swindon staged a late comeback to pull level at 2-2 after Villa had looked too strong for much of the game, but Christian Benteke's last-minute goal saved Villa's blushes.
Independent: Two goals in three minutes from Swindon substitute Miles Storey threatened a shock but Aston Villa progressed to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup for the third time in four seasons after Christian Benteke's late winner. Villa looked to be cruising to victory as goals from Benteke - a £7m summer signing from Genk - and Gabriel Agbonlahor earned them a 2-0 half-time lead. But the League One side, who had already overcome Stoke in this season's competition, fought back with Storey putting on the frighteners.
Daily Mail: Aston Villa are weighing up a loan move for Porto centre back Abdoulaye Ba. The 21-year-old has been a target for West Ham manager Sam Allardyce but ran into problems securing a work permit for the 6ft 6in Senegalese.
Sporting Life: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert hailed the "world-class" finishing of two goal hero Christian Benteke but felt his overall game was not up to standard during the 3-2 win at Swindon in the Capital One Cup.
Teamtalk: Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio defended his actions after his side were beaten 3-2 by Aston Villa in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup. The Italian appeared to gesture to Villa fans at the end of the game that their side would be relegated from the Premier League. But he said: "No, that was not the case. I was saying to my fans that they had been brilliant and their support was so good that they were up there and Villa were below them.
*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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