Villa v Ipswich media watch [04.01.13 AM]: FA Cup previews
Birmingham Mail: Ciaran Clark will continue to get physical as part of a concerted effort to toughen up - but Villa's stand-in skipper admits he must do it in a controlled way. Clark has been walking a disciplinary tightrope recently and the young central defender is aware that he needs to avoid giving away stupid fouls.
Birmingham Mail: Chris Herd prepares for Villa's FA Cup kick-off against Ipswich tomorrow insisting the spirit in the claret and blue camp has helped them through a testing Premier League spell. Villa will have a break from the rigours of a relegation scrap when they face Mick McCarthy's improved Championship side in the third-round tie at Villa Park.
Daily Mail: Aston Villa are considering a move for boyhood fan Joleon Lescott in order to avoid a relegation scrap, according to reports. The out-of-favour Manchester City defender is the man Paul Lambert wants to shore up Villa's leaky defence.
Mirror: Aston Villa are weighing up a move for Manchester City's out-of-favour defender Joleon Lescott to shore up their leaky defence. Owner Randy Lerner is set to back manager Paul Lambert this month in a bid to turn around the club's shaky form.
East Anglian Daily Times: Carlos Edwards has given his backing to 18-year-old right-back Elliott Hewitt as the teenager gets ready to make his full debut for Town. Hewitt will start on the right side of defence at Aston Villa after impressing manager Mick McCarthy in training and in the few minutes of action he has tasted from the substitute's bench.
East Anglian Daily Times: Blues manager Mick McCarthy has called upon his fringe players to take their chance when he fields a much-changed side at Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round tomorrow. The Blues boss may have replaced one experienced loanee centre-back with another - bringing in Patrick Kisnorbo from Leeds for a month to fill the void left by Danny Higginbotham - but he is still without a further five players tomorrow.
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