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Reading v Villa media watch [08.03.13 PM]: Lambert on run-in
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8th Mar 2013
Reading v Villa media watch [08.03.13 PM]: Lambert on run-in


ITV Football: Paul Lambert has challenged his Aston Villa players to show courage and "play the game and not the occasion" in Saturday's Barclays Premier League relegation clash with Reading at the Madejski Stadium. Villa are in the bottom three and approaching a vital week in their battle to stay in the top flight with a home match to follow against bottom placed QPR next weekend.

Sky Sports: Paul Lambert has insisted Aston Villa will secure their Premier League survival if they continue to show courage in their remaining fixtures. Villa are in the bottom three and approaching a vital period in their relegation battle with a trip to Reading this weekend and fellow-strugglers QPR due at Villa Park in eight days time.

Express and Star: Midfielder Charles N'Zogbia today told supporters it's unfair to expect Aston Villa to be "like Barcelona" after the upheaval there has been at the club. Villa boss Paul Lambert spent in the region of £23m last summer as he overhauled the squad and showed a number of the old guard the exit door in favour of players without Premier League experience.

Express and Star: Dion Dublin today insisted Aston Villa's players must shoulder the responsibility for an "absolutely woeful" season ahead of tomorrow's clash at Reading. Former Villa striker Dublin believes Villa boss Paul Lambert should have paired strikers Christian Benteke and the currently injured Darren Bent on a more regular basis.

Express and Star: Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has all the credentials to be one of the best rush goalies around. Before he headed off to study sport and entertainment management at university the teenage Guzan played some of his youth football at Chicago Magic as an outfield player.

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BBC Sport: Harry Redknapp believes Queens Park Rangers will escape relegation if they reach 37 points. Last season that total earned the club Premier League safety but in previous years it would not have been enough.

BBC Sport: Sir Alex Ferguson has promised that Wayne Rooney will still be a Manchester United player next season. The England striker, 27, was dropped by Ferguson for Tuesday's round of 16 tie second leg against Real Madrid, with Danny Welbeck preferred.

Sky Sports: Swansea full-back Angel Rangel has signed a new contract which will keep him at the Liberty Stadium until 2016. The 30-year-old has been at the club since 2007 and has been a vital part of the team as they progressed from League One to the Premier League.

BBC Sport: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted Edin Dzeko could leave the club in the summer. Dzeko, 26, has been linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund with the Bundesliga champions reportedly negotiating a deal with City.

*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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