Monday media watch [01.04.13]: Liverpool reaction
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert reckons the shock dismissal of his managerial mentor Martin O'Neill proves that "nobody is safe" in the Premier League sack race. But Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers urged Villa to keep faith with Lambert despite the claret and blues falling back into the drop zone.
Express and Star: Boss Paul Lambert today defended Nathan Baker and insisted Villa will avoid a blame culture after defeat to Liverpool. The 21-year-old chopped down Luis Suarez for Steven Gerrard's match-winning penalty to keep Villa in the Premier League drop zone yesterday.
Express and Star: Just six points separate Villa from 10th- placed Fulham, but lose against one of their closest rivals and that gap starts to extend. Villa have pedigree in these situations; they have won when the heat has really been on, but their resolve will be tested by the blood and thunder of Stoke. They were good enough to take a point yesterday though and, after Christian Benteke's latest effort crashed them ahead, looked odds-on to earn their rewards. A first half which promised so much faded into a second which still almost delivered, despite an alarming dip.
Daily Express: From the promise of the opening half-hour, celebrated with the goal by Benteke, Aston Villa slipped and slipped and in just over another half-hour they were beaten. Benteke's goal was superbly taken, Gabby Agbonlahor nudging on Ashley Westwood's cross with his right thigh for Benteke to hammer in his shot on the half-volley.
The Sun: Aston Villa may be still in the drop zone but boss Paul Lambert is optimistic of survival. He has seen his side get out of the bottom three four times this season and continues to take heart from their performances.
The Sun: Aston Villa's survival hopes were dealt a major blow as Liverpool battled back from a goal down to secure maximum points. Christian Benteke handed relegation-haunted Villa the lead with a fine finish in the 31st minute. The hosts were slow out of the blocks in the second half and Jordan Henderson quickly pulled Liverpool level. But there was worse to come when Steven Gerrard converted from the spot to condemn Paul Lambert's men to a 15th Premier League defeat of the season.
Mirror: Paul Lambert insists there will be no "blame culture" at Aston Villa despite another howler from his young side. Rookie defender Nathan Baker's rash dive-in on Reds star Luis Suarez presented Steven Gerrard with the penalty that proved the deciding moment of the 2-1 defeat by Liverpool.
ClubCall: Paul Lambert refused to blame Nathan Baker for giving away the vital penalty which condemned Aston Villa to defeat against Liverpool. The Villa chief was hopeful that his side could have picked up at least the point required to jump above Wigan and out of the relegation places. And things were looking good when Christian Benteke fired them ahead in the first half at Villa Park.
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