Tuesday media watch [26.03.13 PM]: Gregory hails Benteke capture
Yahoo.com: Brett Holman helped Australia keep their World Cup qualifying hopes alive with a late long-range goal that salvaged a 2-2 draw and denied a fighting Oman an upset victory in Sydney on Tuesday. The Omanis went 2-0 up in the 49th minute but Tim Cahill, who was a constant menace, pulled one back with a trademark header three minutes later. And Holman saved Australia from a humiliating home defeat when he unleashed a fierce long-range volley with five minutes left of normal time.
FIFA.com: Brett Holman helped Australia keep their FIFA World Cup™ qualifying hopes alive with a late long-range goal that ensured a 2-2 draw and denied a fighting Oman an upset victory in Sydney on Tuesday. The Omanis, ranked 66 places below the Australians in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, looked set for a shock win with a 2-0 lead and 40 minutes left only for Tim Cahill and Holman to help salvage a point with goals to keep Australia second in Asia's Group B.
Clubcall: Former Villa boss John Gregory says the signing of Christian Benteke alone should guarantee current manager Paul Lambert more time. Gregory, Villa manager for four years between 1998 and 2002, feels Lambert has earned that trust purely by recruiting Benteke for a miserly £7m from Genk last summer.
Clubcall: Brad Guzan insists he is not taking his current goalkeeping role for Aston Villa for granted and has vowed to improve further. The American has been Villa's first choice this season - keeping out experienced stopper Shay Given - and he has impressed as he does his best to help Paul Lambert's side beat the drop. The 28-year-old is grateful to be finally getting some regular first-team action at Villa Park, in his fifth season with the club, but says he has plenty to learn yet.
Sky Sports: Ex-Aston Villa boss John Gregory believes Christian Benteke's arrival should keep Paul Lambert in the job for another two seasons. The giant Belgian striker was signed for £7m from Genk in the summer and adapted quickly to life in the Premier League - netting 15 goals to keep the Villans in the hunt for survival. Gregory, who managed Villa between 1998 and 2002, believes any criticism of Lambert's reign is unfounded and that the Scot should be given more time to prove himself.
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BBC Sport: New Reading manager Nigel Adkins says his side will "scrap" for the wins they need to ensure Premier League survival and must "dare to dream".
Sky Sports: Jose Mourinho has told Sky Sports he loves London, he will return to the Premier League and, most intriguingly, he will not rule out a return to Chelsea.
BBC Sport: Bolton Wanderers have confirmed that they will not be offering long-serving captain Kevin Davies a new contract.
Sky Sports: Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted his surprise at the size of Manchester United's lead at the top of the Premier League table going into the final nine games of the season.
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