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Tuesday media watch [12.02.13 AM]: N'Zogbia up for the battle
The morning claret and blue media headlines.
12th Feb 2013
Tuesday media watch [12.02.13 AM]: N'Zogbia up for the battle


Birmingham Mail: Charles N'Zogbia is ready to man up and put his body on the line by taking it and dishing it out during Villa's bruising battle for survival. N'Zogbia limped off with a calf injury after West Ham resorted to kicking him following his match-winning contribution on Sunday afternoon.

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has hailed Charles N'Zogbia's relegation-battling resurgence at Villa, claiming flair players like the enigmatic Frenchman "are not easy to come by".N'Zogbia curled in the free-kick which secured a vital three points on Sunday, having won the penalty for Christian Benteke's opener in the 2-1 win over West Ham.

Birmingham Mail: Stephen Ireland has been left out of Paul Lambert's Premier League squad for football reasons, the Villa manage confirmed. The 26-year-old midfielder has not made a top-flight appearance for the claret and blues since the late December defeat to Wigan.

Birmingham Mail: Promising Villa teenager Jack Grealish has been named Ireland's under-17s player of the year. Grealish was presented with the award by Wolves and Ireland striker Kevin Doyle at the Football Association of Ireland ceremony in Dublin. The Sun: Stephen Ireland's Aston Villa days look numbered after being frozen out by manager Paul Lambert.

Daily Star: Charles N'Zogbia insists the team spirit among Aston Villa's young players will keep them in the Premier League. The French star, whose brilliant free-kick secured Sunday's 2-1 win over West Ham, believes the way they battled out the final minutes could be a big turning point for Paul Lambert's side.

Mirror: Charles N'Zogbia says he is ready to get nasty and "hut people" to ensure Aston Villa stay up. Villa's French attacking ace was the hero as he won a penalty and scored a brilliant free-kick in their 2-1 win over West Ham.

Daily Express: Charles N'Zogbia has vowed to hurt people if necessary in order to save Aston Villa from relegation. The Frenchman scored a wonder free-kick to seal his side's move out of the bottom three with a 2-1 victory over West Ham on Sunday.

Daily Mail: Stephen Ireland is battling to save his career at Aston Villa after suffering a similar fate to several of the club's most expensive players. The midfielder, purchased for £8million three seasons ago, was left out of Paul Lambert's squad for the 2-1 defeat of West Ham on Sunday.

*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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