Thursday media watch [07.02.12 AM]: Clark opens Ireland account
Birmingham Mail: Christian Benteke has spoken of the strength of his Belgium team-mate and fellow striker Romelu Lukaku insisting the Baggies battering-ram Romelu Lukaku is better. The two strikers have been impressive for Villa and West Brom respectively this season.
The Sun: Ciaran Clark and Wes Hoolahan got their first goal for the Republic of Ireland in a hard-fought win over Poland. Aston Villa defender Clark pounced on a loose ball from a set-piece to drill home after 35 minutes.
The Sun: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert called a crunch meeting with his squad in a bid to boost their survival mission. Lambert got his players together and told them: We have to start winning ugly.
Daily Star: Ciaran Clark's first senior international goal gave the Republic of Ireland a morale-boosting friendly win over Poland. The Aston Villa defender fired home to open the scoring at the Aviva Stadium on 35 minutes.
Mirror: Ciaran Clark and Wes Hoolahan grabbed their first Republic of Ireland goals in a hard-fought friendly win. Aston Villa defender Clark scrambled in a 35th-minute opener after Poland keeper Artur Boruc parried his initial header from a corner.
Daily Express: Ciaran Clark's first senior international goal set Ireland on their way to a victory that looked unlikely for much of the game. The Aston Villa defender fired home in a goalmouth scramble after his initial header had been saved after 35 minutes.
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