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Bradford v Villa media watch [07.01.12 PM]: Papers on cup clash
The afternoon claret and blue media reports.
7th Jan 2013
Bradford v Villa media watch [07.01.12 PM]: Papers on cup clash


Express and Star: Aston Villa players today revealed their desire for club captain Stiliyan Petrov to lead the team out at Wembley if they reach the Capital One Cup final. Petrov, 33, has not played since March when he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia, although he is now in remission having undergone treatment.

Express and Star: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert today admitted it would be a "phenomenal" to reach Wembley in his first season at the club but warned his players not to take Bradford lightly. The claret and blues head to Valley Parade for the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final tomorrow with Lambert cautiously optimistic of their chances of a return to the national stadium.

Express and Star: With passage to the fourth round negotiated after this comeback win over Mick McCarthy's Ipswich, the excitement is building towards tomorrow night's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg with a trip to Wembley in touching distance. Stout performances in the League Cup have undoubtedly kept Villa's season alive and progress in the FA Cup, which the club have not won since 1957, could have a similar galvanising affect as the second half of the season pans out in 2013. Villa's players have been invigorated and played some of their most eye-catching football in cup games this season as the wins over Swindon, Manchester City and Lambert's ex-club Norwich have demonstrated. Without the added pressure of Premier League points at stake Villa have played with a swagger, a team with ambition and a sense of purpose rather than the tentative displays seen in the league.

BBC Sport: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says getting the club to the Capital One Cup final at Wembley would be his biggest achievement in the game so far. Villa play the first leg of their semi-final against League Two Bradford at the Coral Windows Stadium on Tuesday.

ClubCall: Paul Lambert believes reaching a Wembley final this season would be an "absolutely phenomenal" achievement for his Aston Villa side. Villa have experienced mixed fortunes so far in what is a transitional first season under Lambert, with top-flight experience at a premium in the Scot's squad.

Sporting Life: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes reaching a Wembley final this season would be an "absolutely phenomenal" achievement for his young side. Villa have experienced mixed fortunes so far in what is a transitional first season under Lambert, with top-flight experience at a premium in the Scot's squad.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says reaching the Capital One Cup final would be an "absolutely phenomenal" achievement for his young side. Villa's squad - the youngest in the Premier League - have had a rollercoaster ride in Lambert's first season in charge.

ClubCall: Millwall boss Kenny Jackett is licking his lips at the prospect of taking on Aston Villa in the FA Cup. The Lions were drawn to face Paul Lambert's Barclays Premier League side in the fourth round after seeing off Preston on Saturday.

*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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