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Norwich v Villa media watch [11.12.12]: Papers on big cup tie
The morning claret and blue media reports.
11th Dec 2012
Norwich v Villa media watch [11.12.12]: Papers on big cup tie


Birmingham Mail: Matthew Lowton will help Villa continue their Capital One Cup crusade at Norwich tonight, admitting his own Wembley dream is fuelled by a play-off penalty nightmare. Lowton is the only ever-present in league and cup for Villa so far this season and hopes to keep his place for the quarter-final clash at Carrow Road.

Birmingham Mail: Villa manager Paul Lambert has praised the job Chris Hughton is doing with Norwich since succeding him at Carrow Road. Lambert returns to his former club for the first time tonight for the claret and blues' Capital One Cup quater-final tie against the in-form Canaries.

Birmingham Mail: The pitter patter if tiny feet has provided Eric Lichaj with the daddy of all incentives for Capital One Cup glory.

Birmingham Mail: Villa U21s lost second place to last night's opponents who fielded a strong side at Hinckley. With Wednesday's FA Youth Cup clash looming large, Villa fielded a much changed side to the one that beat Newcastle eight days ago. But United included the likes of Bebe and Federico Macheda, who shared the goals, as well as summer signings Nick Powell and Alexander Buttner.

Daily Star: Russell Martin has urged Norwich fans to lay off ex-boss Paul Lambert. The controversial former Canaries manager returns to Carrow Road for the first time with new club Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals tonight.

Mirror: Scotland defender Russell Martin has urged the Norwich supporters to lay off Paul Lambert. The controversial former Canaries manager returns to Carrow Road for the first time with new club Aston Villa on Tuesday for a Capital One Cup quarter-final.

Daily Mail: Shay Given will make a rare appearance for Aston Villa but his involvement is likely to be overshadowed by Paul Lambert's return to Carrow Road. The former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper will get a chance to sake his claim for a regular spot in place of Brad Guzan as Villa's boss perseveres with his rotation policy in the Capital One Cup quarter-final.

The Sun: Russell Martin has urged the Norwich supporters to lay off Paul Lambert. The former Canaries boss returns to Carrow Road for the first time with new club Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup quarterfinal tonight.

Daily Express: Former Norwich boss Paul Lambert could face hostility at Carrow Road tonight, but his young full-back Matt Lowton is looking for a Wembley smile. Lowton's experience is still raw after going to Wembley in the League One play-off final with Sheffield United seven months ago and losing.

Sky Sports: Norwich manager Chris Hughton has praised the job done by Paul Lambert during his tenure at Carrow Road. Lambert returns to Carrow Road for the first time on Tuesday when his Aston Villa team face the Canaries in the quarter-final of the Capital One Cup.

Goal.com: Aston Villa defender Matt Lowton has commended his team-mates' efforts over the last month after achieving a strong defensive base on which the team can build on and turn their Premier League season around. The side's 0-0 draw against Stoke lacked any substantial attacking flair but Paul Lambert's young defence managed to hold out for their third successive home clean sheet, suggesting that they are turning Villa Park into a fortress.

Goal.com: Norwich manager Chris Hughton is optimistic that his side can continue their impressive form in their Capital One Cup with a strong performance against Aston Villa on Tuesday. The Canaries will welcome back former manager Phil Lambert as they look to defeat the Villans and progress to the next stage of the competition, and the former Newcastle boss believes it's important for the team to keep their current momentum going.

*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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