Wednesday media watch [30.01.13 AM]: Newcastle reaction
Birmingham Mail: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has backed Paul Lambert to keep Villa in the Premier League. The Toon boss was impressed by the way Villa came back at his side in the second half and did everything but nick the equaliser they arguably deserved.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert hailed Villa's outstanding second half but warned his team they need to perform with the same tempo from the first whistle. Villa were a goal down in just 19 minutes last night and things looked to be going horribly wrong when Yohan Cabaye curled a spectacular second on the half-hour.
The Sun: Villa, though, did produce a spirited second-half fightback and scored from a penalty on 49 minutes through Christian Benteke. They pressed hard, were denied three times by keeper Tim Krul and had one cleared off the line. They could not, though, find an equaliser and Toon fans milked the celebrations at the end, relieved that they had held out.
Mirror: Paul Lambert remained defiant and improbably upbeat despite another night of purgatory for half-baked Villa. Booed off by angry fans at half-time of a 2-1 home loss to Newcastle that sent them into the relegation places, Lambert claimed a moral victory as his young side's second-half siege fell just short of rescuing a point.
Mirror: Villa's leading scorer Benteke converted for his 12th goal of the season following his £8million move from Genk. His cool spot-kick low into the bottom corner gave Villa's disillusioned players and fans new-found belief. The Holte End started roaring again and Krul was then on his guard to deny Benteke and Weimann. While Barry Bannan and N'Zogbia were both off target with powerful efforts from the edge of the area. They ended pushing hard for an equaliser in the closing stages when Benteke and Weimann both went close. But it was in vain and does not change the fact Villa have now gone seven League games without a win. Independent: The answer to Aston Villa's woes is to deliver the half-time address before a ball is kicked. Whatever Paul Lambert said at the break transformed his team. Newcastle left with the points, but at least Villa go forth with a renewed sense of hope that was entirely absent in a dreadful opening.
Mirror: Stoke boss Tony Pulis is trying to fund a last-ditch move for Darren Bent with an incredible transfer merry-go-round. Pulis has told QPR target Peter Crouch and Kenwyne Jones, who is wanted by Swansea, they can both go before Thursday night's deadline.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert thought his side deserved something for their efforts after losing 2-1 to Newcastle at Villa Park. Goals from Papiss Cisse and a Yohan Cabaye wonder-goal condemned Villa to their fourth home league defeat in a row, leaving them languishing in the bottom three.
ESPN: Under-fire Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert bemoaned his side's first-half performance as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Newcastle United. Having been booed off at the interval, Villa improved enormously in the second half, scoring almost straightaway through a borderline Christian Benteke penalty and then laying siege to their opponents' area for long spells.
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