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Thursday media watch [07.02.12 AM]: Clark opens Ireland account
The morning claret and blue media headlines.
7th Feb 2013
Thursday media watch [07.02.12 AM]: Clark opens Ireland account


Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has been urged to play to Villa's strengths by making Christian Benteke even more of a focal point during their battle to stay in the Premier League. Benteke has played an important part in 14 of the claret and blues' 23 league goals so far this season, scoring ten and claiming assists for four.

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.

*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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