Wednesday media watch [30.01.13 PM]: More Newcastle reports
Express and Star: A place back in the Premier League's bottom three was a punishing reward for a brave attempt to retrieve a disastrous first 45 minutes which closed with Newcastle barely breaking sweat in establishing a two-goal lead. Villa's rousing response saw them cut the deficit through a Christian Benteke penalty and drive their opponents into increasingly desperate defence. But by the end, all Paul Lambert's team had to show for their efforts was a warmer reception than the boos they had endured at the interval.
ITV Football: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is backing Aston Villa counterpart Paul Lambert to lead the midlands club to Barclays Premier League survival. Villa slid back into the bottom three for the third time this season after losing 2-1 at home to the Magpies last night, and they have only taken two points from the last seven games.
Goal.com: Former Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish says that current boss Paul Lambert needs to be given more time to turn around the club's fortunes. McLeish, now Nottingham Forest manager, says that despite a poor run of form that has seen them crash out of the Capital One Cup against League Two Bradford City at the semi-final stage and drop into the Premier League relegation zone, the club must trust Lambert.
ClubCall: Aston Villa will have to 'fight like hell' if they are going to avoid relegation, according to under pressure boss Paul Lambert. The Villa chief watched as his side were beaten 2-1 at home against fellow strugglers Newcastle on Tuesday to leave them in the final Premier League relegation spot behind fourth-bottom Wigan on goal difference with just 20 points from 24 matches this season.
ESPN: Aston Villa's disappointment at slipping back into the Premier League's bottom three has been heightened by fresh concerns over their absentee defensive kingpin Richard Dunne. At a time when Ron Atkinson has cited a lack of leaders as one of the biggest problems facing his former club in their survival battle, the Republic of Ireland international has suffered a blow in his comeback plans.
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