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Wednesday media watch [02.01.13 PM]: Lambert staying upbeat
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2nd Jan 2013
Wednesday media watch [02.01.13 PM]: Lambert staying upbeat


Express and Star: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert today insisted his young players are good enough to help the club beat the drop after they stopped the rot against Swansea. With an average age of 23 years and 120 days, Villa fielded their youngest-ever team in a Premier League match in the 2-2 draw against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Express and Star: Ashley Westwood was today set to find out the extent of an ankle injury which forced him to limp out of Aston Villa's draw with Swansea. The midfielder was replaced by Barry Bannan with nine minutes left after a tackle with Swansea striker Michu and he will be assessed by the club's medical staff at Bodymoor Heath.

Express and Star: New Year, different Aston Villa? This curious draw probably left the travelling claret and blue faithful with more questions than answers. Villa boss Paul Lambert sat with his head in his hands at the final whistle at the Liberty Stadium after his side were denied all three points by Danny Graham's injury-time equaliser. However, had it not been for Swansea's profligacy in an opening spell of utter dominance in the first half, the manager's reaction would have been the same, albeit for entirely different reasons.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has predicted a bright future for his young side, despite their lowly league position. The Midlanders shipped 15 goals without reply in three games before finally stopping the rot with a 2-2 draw at Swansea on Tuesday.

ClubCall: Aston Villa are one of several Premier League clubs reportedly interested in Charlton midfielder Bradley Pritchard the transfer window. Addicks boss Chris Powell snapped up the youngster from non-league football in the summer of 2011 and he has gone on to become a first-team regular with the Championship side, having helped them secure the League One title last term.

ClubCall: Paul Lambert hailed Aston Villa's 'huge point' at Swansea and again insisted his squad rebuilding is 'the right thing' for the club. The Villa boss had seen his side slip to within a point of the relegation places over Christmas following successive defeats against Chelsea, Tottenham and Wigan, with 15 goals conceded and none scored.

*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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