Monday media watch [21.01.13 PM]: Bradford previews
Express and Star: Now that's what you call a derby. A full-pelt, rousing, thundering exchange driven by passion and commitment which never spilled over into anything nasty and which fairly crackled along with attacking zeal. It was a West Brom versus Villa contest worthy of the classic vintages of old and if the game's high prizes are no longer at stake, then at least both teams emerged with a sense of having gained more than just a point.
Setanta Sports: Shay Given has not been recalled to the Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming friendly against Poland. Giovanni Trapattoni unveiled his squad via a press release on Monday afternoon after being forced to cancel his scheduled press conference following the death of his sister.
ITV Football: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert admits overcoming Bradford in tomorrow's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg could help turn their whole season around. Villa have to recover from losing the first leg 3-1 to the npower League Two side at the Coral Windows Stadium a fortnight ago. But Lambert believes reaching Wembley can also have a positive impact on Villa's other main battle, which is Barclays Premier League survival.
Sky Sports: Paul Lambert is banking on some vociferous home support to help his Aston Villa side beat the odds and reach the Capital One Cup final. Villa head into Tuesday's semi-final second leg against Bradford City with a two-goal deficit to overturn after a shock 3-1 defeat to the League Two side two weeks ago.
ClubCall: Paul Lambert is hopeful of having Shay Given and Fabian Delph available for Aston Villa's Capital One Cup semi-final with Bradford. The Villa chief is looking for his side to overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit when they play host to the League Two outfit at Villa Park on Tuesday.
ClubCall: Ron Vlaar claims Aston Villa showed in the first half at West Brom on Saturday that they have what it takes to survive relegation. The Villa skipper was back in the heart of the defence following his recovery from a long-term calf injury and he enjoyed an impressive first half as the side kept out Albion's forward players and went into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor.
ESPN: Charles N'Zogbia has been identified as a key man as relegation-threatened Aston Villa attempt to rescue their Capital One Cup semi-final against Bradford City on Tuesday night. The fit-again midfielder will hope to use his experience from past years at Wigan to help the club achieve their main aim of Premier League survival.
ClubCall: Paul Lambert admits overcoming Bradford in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg could help turn Aston Villa's whole season around. Villa have to recover from losing the first leg 3-1 to the npower League Two side at the Coral Windows Stadium a fortnight ago.
Sporting Life: Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann is available after illness for the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Bradford at Villa Park. Weimann scored Villa's only goal in the 3-1 first-leg defeat at the Coral Windows Stadium.
*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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