Thursday media watch [22.11.12 AM]: Stevens up for battle
Birmingham Mail: Stephen Ireland is more concerned with helping the claret and blue faithful enjoy Villa victories than by winning over the wider football public. Ireland is continuing his progression from zero to hero with the club's fans after taking time to settle in following his move from Manchester City in the summer of 2010.
Times: Paul Lambert, the Aston Villa manager, was given a one-match touchline ban yesterday for comments made to match officials after Saturday's defeat away to Manchester City.
Daily Mail: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert will serve a touchline ban against Arsenal on Saturday after admitting an FA charge.
Best Of The Rest
The Sun: Arsene Wenger hailed Jack Wilshere for firing Arsenal into the Champions League last 16.
Mirror: Roberto Mancini has tried to defend his Manchester City side's embarrassing Champions League exit, claiming: "We'd be crazy to think we could win it after two years."
Daily Mail: Brad Friedel is ready to give up his battle with Lugo Lloris to be Tottenham's first-choice goalkeeper and make a dramatic return to Blackburn Rovers.
*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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