Villa v Reading media watch: Bannan/Bent/Guzan/Hutton in focus
Birmingham Mail: Brad Guzan reckons keeping clean sheets could be among the secrets to Villa's survival after a rare shutout at the weekend.
Mirror: Barry Bannan admits it is crunch time for struggling Aston Villa's campaign ahead of back-to-back six-pointers. Paul Lambert's team find themselves in the bottom three after just two Premier League wins all season. In what has the makings of a make-or-break week, they face the two teams below them in the table - Reading are the visitors on Tuesday night before the Villans make a trip to rock-bottom QPR on Saturday.
Daily Express: It may only be November but Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan knows it is already crunch time for his club, who are out to make their critics eat their words. Paul Lambert's team are in the relegation zone having won in the league just twice all campaign and now take on second-bottom Reading tonight before they travel to bottom-of-the-table QPR on Saturday.
Times: Barry Bannan is confident that Aston Villa can prove over the next fortnight that their detractors were wrong to tip them for relegation.
Daily Star: Barry Bannan wants his Villa team-mates to hit back at their critics as they enter make-or-break week. Paul Lambert's side are in the drop zone as they take on second-bottom Reading tonight and then travel to bottom club QPR on Saturday.
Guardian: Most clubs would breathe a sigh of relief after ticking off back-to-back fixtures against Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal, but for Aston Villa the pressure is just about to be cranked up. Third from bottom in the Premier League, Villa host a struggling Reading side on Tuesday, who are one place below them, before travelling to Loftus Road on Saturday to face bottom-of-the-table Queens Park Rangers in Harry Redknapp's first home game as manager. Forget all the talk of long-term projects, promising youngsters and spirited performances in defeat, Villa badly need some points.
The Sun: Paul Lambert insists the Holte End are finally buying into his Aston Villa revolution. Ex-Norwich boss Lambert has faced a rocky start to his career in the Midlands. Villa are hovering around the drop zone but Lambo's young recruits showed some fight to hold Arsenal to a 0-0 draw on Saturday.
Telegraph: Paul Lambert will give Darren Bent another clear indication that his future lies away from Aston Villa if he excludes him from the squad that faces Reading on Tuesday night. Lambert is preparing for a crucial week and weighing up whether to take a major gamble by leaving Bent out for the second match in succession, with Villa already entrenched in the relegation zone.
Daily Mail: Paul Lambert has refused to guarantee he will put £24m striker Darren Bent back in his squad for tonight's crunch clash with fellow strugglers Reading. Independent: Paul Lambert believes Aston Villa's recent performances can give the club inspiration for tonight's visit of Reading.
Independent: Jay Tabb has demanded Reading regroup immediately from their frustrating defeat at Wigan when they travel to Aston Villa. The Royals slumped to a 3-2 injury-time loss at the DW Stadium on Saturday having led 1-0 and later pegging Wigan back to 2-2. Another Barclays Premier League relegation battle looms at Villa Park and Tabb believes victory is within their grasp. "We've just got to forget about Wigan and go and win the next game," the 28-year-old midfielder said. "We were looking to get four or six points out of the two matches, but we'll try to take maximum points on Tuesday.
Birmingham Mail: Alan Hutton is resigned to the fact his nightmare claret and blue career is over, conceding: "I don't see any way back for me at Villa."
*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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