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Villa v Man City media watch: Bumper matchday previews
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4th Mar 2013
Villa v Man City media watch: Bumper matchday previews


BBC Sport: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes Aston Villa have "good players" who will make it "difficult" in Monday's Premier League game at Villa Park. The Italian admits that any further dropped points will make it hard for the champions to catch leaders Manchester United. Manchester City are currently 15 points behind their city rivals with one game in hand.

Clubcall: Skipper Ron Vlaar is set to boost Aston Villa by recovering from a calf injury ahead of Aston Villa's home clash with Manchester City. The Dutch central defender missed the recent 2-1 defeat at Arsenal because of the problem, but it seems that he has recovered sufficiently to be included in boss Paul Lambert's squad having featured in training over the weekend.

Sporting Life: Paul Lambert senses his players have no fear of being involved in a Barclays Premier League relegation battle ahead of Monday night's meeting with champions Manchester City. Villa manager Lambert insists his squad are in the right frame of mind for the challenges promised by the next 11 matches.

Daily Express: Paul Lambert has warned his Aston Villa players that the time for sob stories is over as they prepare to face Manchester City tonight. In the bottom three with just eleven games left, Lambert insisted: "There's no point looking back, but if we had seen some of these games through, we wouldn't be in this position."

Irish Examiner: Republic of Ireland defender Ciaran Clark believes Aston Villa can wreck Manchester City's title hopes by beating the current champions tonight. Villa are in the relegation zone but claimed a 4-2 win at City in the Capital One Cup earlier this season - a result that gives Clark hope for tonight.

Goal.com: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is confident his team can beat Manchester City on Monday night and move out of the relegation zone. The Midlands side currently sit third from bottom in the Premier League's relegation zone, but a win against the current champions would lift them above Wigan and into seventeenth spot. And Lambert, who takes his side to a crunch match with Reading on their next away trip, believes Villa have shown they will be able to cope against the Manchester club.

Mirror: He is best known for his bad-boy reputation - but Aston Villa's Charles N'Zogbia claims he has finally grown up. The £9.5m forward is producing the best form of his Villa career - and it could not have come at a better time as they battle the drop. He was the hero with a stunning free-kick winner against West Ham last time out at Villa Park, and Paul Lambert will hope for more magic against Manchester City tonight.

The Sun: Charles N'Zogbia says he has grafted his way back to the big-time. The Aston Villa winger was dismissed as a £9.5m flop. But after a difficult season and a half, he has begun to show some signs of form under boss Paul Lambert.

The Sun: Proud Brummie Gabby Agbonlahor has sacrificed a pocketful of gold and a pile of silverware to remain a local hero at Aston Villa. But he is damned if he is going to let his Premier League status slip through his fingers too.

Mirror: Gabby Agbonlahor insists he's happy to put Aston Villa's fight for ­Premier League survival ahead of his own career. The former England striker has dropped out of the goal charts and the ­international rankings since being asked to play out wide by Villa's last three managers. But the 26-year-old, who will be in the line-up facing champions Manchester City tomorrow night said: "The only thing that matters at this moment is getting the club out of the relegation zone and staying in this league. There is a mood of ­determination rather than desperation around the club."

Sky Sports: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes his side can cause a major upset and end Manchester City's title hopes on Monday night. The Midlanders currently occupy the final relegation spot in the Premier League standings, but three points against Roberto Mancini's men would help them leapfrog Wigan. And with crucial games against fellow strugglers Reading and QPR to come, Lambert feels Villa have shown enough quality in recent weeks to compete against the champions.

Sporting Life: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists he is focused on trying to plot an upset against Manchester City on Monday evening rather than forthcoming games with fellow strugglers Reading and QPR. Lambert knows the significance of the Barclays Premier League double-header which will follow on from the meeting with Roberto Mancini's side with Villa in the bottom three. But he has taken enough encouragement from Villa's performances in recent weeks - including last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Arsenal - to believe they can at least compete against the champions.

Clubcall: Gabriel Agbonlahor has boosted Aston Villa by confirming that he has 'no reason' to leave the club for pastures new. The striker, who has been with Villa for his entire career to date after making his debut seven years ago, has been linked with moves away from Villa Park on several occasions. However, despite Villa failing to pick up any silverware during his time at the club and with Paul Lambert's men struggling to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season, Agbonlahor is adamant that he does not regret staying put.

Birmingham Mail: Relegation would hurt Gabby Agbonlahor more than any player in the current Aston Villa squad. The Erdington-born striker would sweat blood for his beloved Villa - blood that would probably run claret and blue. So it's no surprise that the 26-year-old is putting personal accolades to the bottom of his priority list in order to drag the relegation-threatened side out of the Premier League drop zone.

Sky Sports: Gabriel Agbonlahor has revealed he is happy to remain with Aston Villa, even though he is still searching for his first trophy. The club's longest-serving player made his debut seven years ago and has often been linked with a move away. However, academy product Agbonlahor has no regrets about remaining a 'one-club player' and is now intent on helping keep Paul Lambert's side in the Premier League.

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has praised the Aston Villa fans for keeping faith with him, despite the club being embroiled in a Barclays Premier League relegation battle. Supporters of the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea have turned against Rafael Benitez and Arsene Wenger, despite their success compared to Villa's current plight. But the Villa supporters have demonstrated great patience with manager Lambert and his crop of new players, who face Manchester City at Villa Park today.

Birmingham Mail: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes Aston Villa are better than their lowly position suggests. Mancini's side have no room for error as they travel to Villa Park looking to keep their slim Barclays Premier League title hopes alive. After a deserved victory over Chelsea last weekend, City will be expected to brush aside the relegation-threatened Midlanders. But the champions came unstuck at another struggling side, Southampton, last month and Mancini is wary of some of the talent at Villa Park.

Daily Express: Paul Lambert has praised the Aston Villa fans for keeping faith with him despite the club being embroiled in a Barclays Premier League relegation battle. Supporters have demonstrated great patience with manager Lambert and his crop of new players, who face champions Manchester City at Villa Park tonight.

Goal.com: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has insisted Aston Villa are better than their lowly Premier League position attests. Paul Lambert's side are currently mired in the relegation zone having picked up just 24 points in 27 top-flight games so far this term. However, ahead of his side's trip to Villa Park on Monday, the Italian has opined that the Villans do not deserve to be in their current rut.

The Sun: Paul Lambert has ordered his Aston Villa players to ignore the hard-luck tales ahead of tonight's crunch clash with Manchester City. Villa boss Lambo insists he is not fooled by the praise his side received following recent battling performances at Arsenal and Everton.

Clubcall: Ciaran Clark is confident Aston Villa can defeat Manchester City on Monday especially with the 'brilliant' backing of the home fans. The 23-year-old defender recognises that Paul Lambert's side will have their work cut out to get just the point required to move out of the relegation places above Wigan. However, Clark is confident they can do even better and secure the maximum three points as he pointed to their 4-2 Capital One Cup success over City in the Capital One Cup at the Etihad Stadium in September.

*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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