Tuesday media watch [26.02.13 AM]: Weimann in confident mood
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert insists his side will not get caught up over the defeat to Arsenal. The Villa boss insists his side will pick themselves up and carry on fighting for their Premier League lives. Next Monday they entertain Manchester City before the crunch clashes against Reading and QPR - and the Scot believes they are up for the task.
Birmingham Mail: It was a frustrating night for the Villa youngsters at Hinckley as they missed out on the chance to go top in Group One of the Barclays U21 Premier League. Gordon Cowans's men were looking to make it three wins in a row but it was Fulham who went in front through an early goal from Omar Altman and sealed victory with another by Cauley Woodrow a minute from time.
Sporting Life: Aston Villa are relaxed over the future of striker Andreas Weimann after holding initial talks over a new contract. Villa hope the Austrian international will commit himself to a long term future with the Midlands club. They view the opening negotiations with his representative as positive. Villa sources insist that talks will be ongoing to try to tie up the services of a player who has scored 10 times in his first full season of senior football.
Daily Telegraph: Vincent Kompany is struggling to be fit for Manchester City's Premier League trip to Aston Villa next Monday after suffering a setback in his attempt to return from a calf injury. The City captain, sidelined since limping out of the FA Cup fourth-round victory at Stoke on January 26, had been expected to return within a month following his third calf injury of the season. But having overcome the problem he sustained against Stoke, the Belgian defender is now battling against an injury to his other calf, which has flared up during his rehabilitation.
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BBC Sport: Former England manager Steve McClaren has left his role as coach of FC Twente the day after holding talks with chairman Joop Munsterman. The Enschede side have not won a league match since December 21 and are fifth in the Dutch league, six points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven.
BBC Sport: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas said Gareth Bale was an inspiration to his team-mates after the Wales winger's brilliant late winner sealed a 3-2 victory over West Ham. Bale opened the scoring and capped a fightback from 2-1 down with a dipping last-minute shot from outside the area.
BBC Sport: David Beckham says he is targeting a place in the Paris St-Germain starting XI after making an instant impact in Sunday's vital 2-0 victory over rivals Marseille.
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