Monday media watch [03.12.12 AM]: Reaction to QPR draw
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert was pleased with a point after his players put his new formation into practice to combat the Harry Redknapp factor at Queens Park Rangers. Villa swapped their customary 4-2-3-1 system for a set-up which switched between 5-3-2 and 3-5-2 during the course of the 1-1 draw with the bottom club.
Birmingham Mail: Brett Holman gave Villa the lead when he smashed in his first goal for the club on eight minutes, accepting a pass from Ashley Westwood and, as the ball sat up, blasting a crisp low left-footed 20-yard drive, which goalkeeper Rob Green's hand could only help on to the post and in. It was an early advantage the claret and blues deserved after pressing QPR back and momentarily turning the home fans' 'Arry anticipation into apprehension.
Guardian: It felt poignant to lurch from QPR's need for quick fixes to Paul Lambert's more organic approach to team building. The Aston Villa manager is enjoying the challenge of developing a team based around a young, homegrown core, and assisted by some astute signings. Their goalscorer Brett Holman is becoming increasingly influential, alongside Christian Benteke, and the manager is encouraged by the mix.
The Sun: Paul Lambert reckons Holman's mustard. Villa's Aussie wideman Brett Holman opened the scoring at Loftus Road with his first goal for the club since a free transfer from AZ Alkmaar in the summer.
Mirror: Paul Lambert insisted Christian Benteke will stay and reach his full potential at Aston Villa. The Villa boss's decision to play Brad Guzan ahead of Shay Given was again justified as the American keeper saved a point.
Daily Express: Villa face their own relegation fight and manager Paul Lambert is looking to his own saviour, Christian Benteke, to lead them to safety. He has give goal, and although he did not score at Loftus Road, he gave Hill and QPR skipper Ryan Nelsen a decent going over.
Times: If it was not the woodwork denying QPR, it was Brad Guzan, Villa's goalkeeper, who made saves from Wright-Phillips, twice, Ryan Nelsen, Diakite, Park Ji Sung and Traore.
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