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Norwich 1-4 Villa media watch: Reaction to sparkling cup win
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12th Dec 2012
Norwich 1-4 Villa media watch: Reaction to sparkling cup win


BBC Sport: Aston Villa reached their second League Cup semi-final in four years by beating Norwich City and in turn handed boss Paul Lambert victory on his first visit back to his former club. Steve Morison gave Norwich the lead by clipping over Shay Given before Brett Holman's drive levelled matters. Both sides had a number of chances to take the lead in a frenetic tie. But substitute Andreas Weimann's late double and a tidy Christian Benteke strike saw Villa through. Lambert's return to Norwich, the club he left to join Villa, provoked little anger from the Carrow Road faithful, who most likely still hold the Scot's feat of back-to-back promotions in higher regard than the fact he walked away from the club in the summer.

Mirror: Few wins this season will taste as sweet for Paul Lambert. The former Norwich boss - making his first return since defecting to Aston Villa in the summer - was mocked early on by the home fans with his team 15th in the League. Taunts of "How green is your grass" rang in his ears as Steve Morison put 12th-placed Norwich ahead early on. But Brett Holman, two-goal Andy Weimann and Christian Benteke then showed Chris Hughton's men how to finish as they moved into the semi-finals. Lambert, who celebrated on the pitch with his players and fans, later praised his stars.

The Sun: Paul Lambert once again ruled in Norfolk. The Aston Villa boss, who enjoyed unbelievable success in three years at Carrow Road, saw sub Andi Weimann score two late goals before Christian Benteke completed a stunning end to a brilliant cup tie. The night was as emotional as it was sweet for the Scot, even if he was not admitting it.

Independent: Paul Lambert enjoyed a happy return to Norwich when his new club, Aston Villa, put his old one out of the League Cup and brought him within one game of his first trip to Wembley. Norwich, revealed in the census figures published as the least religious city in England, had a Christian to curse - the Belgian striker Benteke, whose physical presence proved decisive in a thrilling game that remained in the balance until a late double by substitute Andreas Weimann and a salt-in-the-wound Benteke thunderbolt. The last time Villa visited Norfolk, they were well beaten by a side managed by Lambert - who promptly joined them. Chris Hughton, his successor as Norwich City manager, had hoped he would get "a good reception" on his return to the club he led to successive promotions; if it was not quite that, then it was hardly a storm either, at least until late on, when he responded to the gleeful Villa fans' call for a happy wave.

Daily Star: Super sub Andreas Weimann scored twice in six minutes as Aston Villa came strong at the end to book a place in the semi-finals. With the scores level at 1-1 from the first-half, Eric Lichaj's low cross eluded everyone in the Norwich box and Austrian striker Weimann stroked the ball home from six yards. That came after 79 minutes and six minutes later Weimann had another simple finish after great work from Christian Benteke. Benteke then scored a cracking fourth for Villa from 25 yards in the last minute to leave Norwich shell shocked.

Guardian: A happy return for Paul Lambert coincided with a miserable one for Darren Bent. As the Aston Villa manager went back to Carrow Road for the first time since departing for Aston Villa in the summer, he gave Bent his first start in 10 weeks, only for the striker to suffer a hamstring injury in the first half before his replacement, Andreas Weimann, scored two goals to effectively settle the tie and see Villa into the last four. With Norwich going into the game on a 10-match unbeaten run and four places above Villa in the Premier League, the home crowd questioned the wisdom of Lambert's decision to defect after three triumphant years at Norwich, greeting their former idol with pointed chants of "How green is your grass, Paul Lambert?" It looked like they would have ample opportunity to taunt the Scot further when Steve Morison shot Norwich into the lead in the 19th minute but Villa equalised almost immediately and Lambert had the last laugh thanks to three second-half goals.

Telegraph: Paul Lambert is heading for a bigger battle with Norwich next month but this was a moment of revenge he will remember after reaching the semi-finals. Lambert's first return to the ground where he made his name was far from the painful experience he must have been privately fearing as Villa gave the scoreline a flattering appearance with three goals in the final 11 minutes. While the pressure of moving away from the Premier League relegation zone is proving an arduous task, this competition seems to invigorate Lambert's players and Villa reached the last four for the first time since Martin O'Neill, the man he refers to as "the gaffer", managed them in 2010. The last time Villa's supporters visited Carrow Road they were chanting Lambert's name, in an attempt to influence chairman Randy Lerner to appoint the Scot, and in the Norfolk mist they were at it again. This was arguably Villa's finest performance under him and the portents for a decent second half to the season are promising.

Daily Mail: Paul Lambert remained humble in victory after Aston Villa booked their place in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup with a 4-1 win at old club Norwich. Lambert received a mixed welcome as he walked out at Carrow Road, with a few jeers heard among general applause for the man who masterminded the Norfolk club's meteoric rise up to the top flight from the depths of npower League One. However, the former Canaries boss, who is in dispute with his old employers after an acrimonious departure during the summer, enjoyed the last laugh as substitute Andreas Weimann hit a second-half brace to turn the tie around after Brent Holman had cancelled out Steve Morison's opener. Christian Benteke cracked in a fourth during stoppage time to move Villa within 180 minutes of Wembley.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was full of praise for his team after their 4-1 Capital One Cup victory over Norwich at Carrow Road. Lambert's return to his former club proved to be a memorable occasion for the Scotsman as goals from Brett Holman and Christian Benteke either side of Andreas Weimann's brace helped Villa ease into the semi-finals. "I thought we were excellent for the whole game," Lambert said. "We have been playing like that since the Sunderland game, but I am delighted, I really am."

ITV Football: Andreas Weimann struck twice as Aston Villa came from behind to book a place in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup with a 4-1 win at Norwich as manager Paul Lambert enjoyed a triumphant return to his old club. Lambert received a mixed welcome as he walked out at Carrow Road, with a few jeers heard among general applause for the man who masterminded the Norfolk club's meteoric rise up to the top flight from the depths of npower League One. However, the former Canaries boss, who is in dispute with his old employers after an acrimonious departure during the summer, enjoyed the last laugh as substitute Weimann hit a second-half brace to turn the tie around after Brent Holman had cancelled out Steve Morison's opener. Christian Benteke cracked in a fourth during stoppage time to move Villa a step closer to Wembley.

Daily Express: Boss Paul Lambert has a row with Norwich to settle and sent his Aston Villa team out last night to do some talking for him. Norwich and Lambert are suing each other over the way he left the club for Villa in the summer and that will be settled next month. But two-goal substitute Andreas Weimann took on Norwich on Lambert's behalf in a Capital One Cup quarter-final full of good football and excitement.

*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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