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Monday media watch [11.03.13 AM]: Reaction to reading win
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11th Mar 2013
Monday media watch [11.03.13 AM]: Reaction to reading win


Birmingham Mail: Brad Guzan reckons it's time for Villa to man-up and stop hiding behind their 'young and inexperienced' tag. The American goalkeeper led by example as his side won the first of two crucial six-pointers against Reading on Saturday to lift them out of the drop zone.

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert hailed his side for raising their game and finally coming through a high-pressure encounter with flying colours. Villa have struggled when the stakes are raised but they bucked the trend on Saturday with a much-needed victory at Reading.

Birmingham Mail: Villa sent out a Royal message to the rest of the Premier League that they finally mean business. And at the same time victory over Reading left their lacklustre opponents looking destined for the drop.

Guardian: The scenes at one end of the pitch when the final whistle was blown told their own story. Embracing one another and punching the air in front of the jubilant travelling supporters, Aston Villa's players savoured a restorative and hugely significant victory that not only lifts them out of the bottom three but also brings a number of other struggling clubs into view and leaves Reading staring down the barrel.

The Sun: Aston Villa are still standing after a relegation showdown featuring the good, the Brad and the ugly. Own goals do not come more horrible than the 32nd-minute Nathan Baker gaffe which shot Villa in the foot. But the superior quality of the visitors' football earned them an immediate equaliser through Christian Benteke before Gabby Agbonlahor rifled home the winner on the stroke of half-time.

Daily Star: Paul Lambert believes that saving Brad Guzan's Aston Villa career could be one of his key decisions of the season. American goalie Guzan was ditched by the club's hierarchy last summer when his contract had run out at the same time as previous boss Alex McLeish was shown the door.

Mirror: Paul Lambert insists he would not swap Brad Guzan for any other keeper in the Premier League. The American pulled off a string of fine saves to protect Aston Villa's much deserved victory which finally gives Lambert some breathing space.

Daily Express: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes he has the best goalkeeper in the Premier League - even though he has been beaten 50 times. Brad Guzan had one of his quieter games and had no chance here, with Nathan Baker comically slicing the ball into his own net to give Reading the lead. Villa hit back with goals from Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor to take three vital points and push the Royals deeper into the mire.

Independent: Guzan was in inspired form in Villa's win on Saturday, a stunning save from Adam Le Fondre header denying Reading an early lead.

Times: Lambert said that he has never doubted his confidence in survival after Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor scored from close range, overcoming a comical own goal from Nathan Baker.

Daily Telegraph: There were hints here that Villa are on the right path. Up next are QPR, the diametric opposite of Reading, a club who have gambled everything in the hope of buying goals. Three points against them and Lambert's grin will be indelible.

*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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