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Villa v QPR media watch [15.03.13 PM]: Previews ahead of crunch clash
The afternoon claret and blue media headlines.
15th Mar 2013
Villa v QPR media watch [15.03.13 PM]: Previews ahead of crunch clash


Express and Star: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke today spoke of his special bond with the fans and vowed to fight for them to keep the club in the Premier League. Villa are three points above relegation zone and have an opportunity to enhance their survival prospects when they host basement boys Queens Park Rangers tomorrow.

Express and Star: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert today refused to set a points total for survival ahead of their crunch Premier League relegation battle with Queens Park Rangers. The claret and blues are three points above relegation zone and have an opportunity to boost hopes of staying in the league when they host Harry Redknapp's basement boys at Villa Park.

Sky Sports: Villa midfielder Charles N'Zogbia remains hopeful after Paul Lambert's decision to leave him out of the starting 11. Aston Villa midfielder Charles N'Zogbia is ready to keep working hard as he fights to regain his place in Paul Lambert's side.

Sky Sports: Paul Lambert has lashed out at the owners of Southampton and Reading following the sackings of Nigel Adkins and Brian McDermott. Adkins left Saints in mid-January while McDermott departed the Royals during the past week.

Sporting Life: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has slammed the sackings of Brian McDermott and Nigel Adkins but admits he will be "ruthless" when facing Harry Redknapp's QPR in a key relegation clash on Saturday. Adkins was dismissed at Southampton last month despite back-to-back promotions and steering the club away from the relegation zone in their first season back in the Barclays Premier League.

BBC Sport: Paul Lambert says struggling Aston Villa should not be "unduly worried" and he has not considered relegation. Villa are three points above the relegation zone ahead of Saturday's home game with the Premier League's bottom club Queens Park Rangers.

ClubCall: Harry Redknapp has admitted the trip to relegation rivals Aston Villa will play a key role in deciding who is consigned to the drop. QPR head to Villa Park on the back of a two-game winning run that has revitalised their survival bid.

ClubCall: Villa will check on the fitness of Darren Bent after Paul Lambert confirmed he is still doubtful for the QPR match with a foot injury. The England striker has been out of action for almost a month and, although he is back in training, he remains short of the match sharpness that the manager would like to see before putting him back in.

Goal.com: Villa will check on the fitness of Darren Bent after Paul Lambert confirmed he is still doubtful for the QPR match with a foot injury. The England striker has been out of action for almost a month and, although he is back in training, he remains short of the match sharpness that the manager would like to see before putting him back in.

ITV Football: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has no fresh injury worries ahead of Saturday's Premier League relegation clash with QPR at Villa Park. Striker Darren Bent (foot) and midfielder Karim El Ahmadi (ankle) are still ruled out along with long term casualties Chris Herd, Marc Albrighton, Richard Dunne and Gary Gardner.

Sky Sports: QPR boss Harry Redknapp admits Saturday's game at Aston Villa is "massive" as they look to secure their third Premier League victory on the bounce. A 2-1 win over Southampton at St Mary's on 2 March was followed up by a 3-1 home victory against Sunderland last time out.

*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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