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Reading v Villa media watch [08.03.13 AM]: Royals previews
The newspapers preview Madejski showdown.
8th Mar 2013
Reading v Villa media watch [08.03.13 AM]: Royals previews


Birmingham Mail: Fabian Delph wants to keep Villa in the Premier League to repay owner Randy Lerner for having faith in him. The chairman extended the midfielder's contract, despite seeing him suffer a spate of injuries in his first few years at the club.

Birmingham Mail: Gabby Agbonlahor will settle for final-day drama at Wigan if it means his beloved Villa avoid the drop. The life-long fan admits he is prepared for any escape mission this season as long as his side remain in the Premier League.

Birmingham Mail: Villa are again sweating on the fitness of captain Ron Vlaar. The centre-half has missed the past two games with a calf injury but is getting closer to a return.

Daily Star: Paul Lambert will not be sacked as Aston Villa manager - even if they are relegated. Lambert is understood to have been given assurances that his future will not depend on Villa's top-flight survival.

Daily Telegraph: Alex McLeish's ill-starred tenure as Aston Villa manager cost Randy Lerner £6million in compensation payments last season, accounts for the club reveal.

Sky Sports: Reading midfielder Jobi McAnuff is hoping his side can break the hoodoo of being unable to beat teams around them in the Premier League when they host Aston Villa. The Royals are yet to claim success over any team in the bottom five of the table this season as they fight for top-flight survival.

Football365: Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has vowed to repay the faith shown in him by chairman Randy Lerner and current manager Paul Lambert. Delph has suffered a number of major injury setbacks since his £6million move from Leeds four years ago, and admits he is known as "Dr. Delph" around the training ground.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar admitted his team-mates are excited rather than daunted by their upcoming crucial fixtures in their relegation battle. With their next two games against fellow strugglers Reading and QPR, the Villians could find themselves really up against it if they fail to pick up anything from these vital encounters.

*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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