Monday media watch [07.01.13 AM]: Petrov visit boosts players
Birmingham Mail: Bring on Bradford...After making progress against the Tractors and the detractors, Villa go into tomorrow's Capital One Cup semi-final clash at Valley Parade with renewed confidence. Their old boys are on their way back, their young boys are on their way forward and the cup competitions are offering a promising glimmer of a silverware lining to a cloudy Premier League campaign.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert was pleased with Darren Bent's scoring prowess - and his all-round game - as the record signing gave Villa Park a reminder of his value to the club. Bent's clinically-taken equaliser got Villa back on track as they came from behind to beat Ipswich 2-1 with an Andi Weimann winner.
Independent: Shay Given says that Aston Villa's stricken captain Stiliyan Petrov can be the team's inspiration as they attempt to rescue their season from the threat of relegation. Petrov, who was diagnosed with leukaemia last March, spoke to the Villa players before Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup third-round win over Championship side Ipswich.
Guardian: Stiliyan Petrov may lead out Aston Villa at Wembley if they reach the final of the Capital One Cup on 24 February. Petrov, the club captain, has not played since March, when he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia. He is now in remission and attends matches at Villa Park.
Daily Telegraph: Stiliyan Petrov has been sorely missed at Aston Villa this season but a surprise visit last weekend lifted Paul Lambert's players and inspired them towards a timely 2-1 third-round victory. Petrov's renowned battling qualities have risen to the fore again as he continues his fight against leukaemia, with the club captain currently in remission after being diagnosed in March last year.
Mirror: Shay Given says Aston Villa want to get to Wembley for stricken star Stiliyan Petrov who is inspiring their double bid for cup glory. Villa club captain Petrov is still undergoing treatment for leukaemia after his shock diagnosis last March.
Daily Mail: Under normal circumstances, Shay Given might have reacted to the slight on his character in the dressing-room before Aston Villa's FA Cup victory. But for Stiliyan Petrov, the man who kicked off the banter between the pair, there are no normal circumstances these days.
The Sun: Darren Bent dug Villa out of a hole against the Tractor Boys. His leveller on his return from injury sparked Villa's comeback and earned the £24million striker rare praise from his boss.
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