Monday media watch [08.04.13 AM]: Long-range driver Lowton
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert is refusing to take any credit for spotting the talent that is now starting to shine. Villa's season has been one of struggle but there are signs that the young crop are really starting to find their feet.
Birmingham Mail: Slowly but surely Villa are starting to come of age. And where better to cement that statement than at the Britannia Stadium - the venue that separates the men from the boys.
Guardian: Villa's technical superiority was illustrated by a brilliant second goal. Gabriel Agbonlahor's early opener was cancelled out by Michael Kightly with 10 minutes left as Stoke appeared to have snatched a point. But up stepped Matthew Lowton 25 yards out from goal to chest then volley the sweetest of strikes that had Lambert purring about it being the best anywhere in Europe. Christian Benteke confirmed the three points with a 15th league goal of an impressive debut campaign.
The Sun: Matt Lowton hopes his wonder goal was par-fectly timed for Aston Villa's survival bid. Because if you thought that was impressive, you should see him hit a goal ball.
The Sun: Charlie Adam is an expert on sensational strikes - that's why he led the applause for Matt Lowton's 30-yard screamer which plunged the Potters into a relegation dogfight!
Daily Star: Matt Lowton knows how to hit the sweet spot - he smashes a golf ball 300 yards. Aston Villa's young full-back is in the elite club alongside golfing great Seve Ballesteros who have driven The Belfry's famous 10th hole. The Ryder Cup course is only a short drive - in a car, that is - from Villa's training ground. But nothing Lowton will ever do out on the fairways will compare to the mighty blow which might just have saved Villa.
Mirror: Given that he can drive the fearsome 10th at The Belfy, it's little wonder Mat Lowton can hit a football with a thump. Lowton's dramatic late volley against Stoke was an absolute screamer and is being acclaimed as the goal of the season.
Daily Express: Matthew Lowton can whack a ball at golf. He can whack it better at football and if Aston Villa stay in the Premier League no one will have contributed more than him.
Daily Mail: Matthew Lowton enjoys hitting the target from long distances. After he drove home his season-changing goal for Aston Villa with a stunning 30yd chest down and volley to decide Saturday's relegation tussle at Stoke City, he revealed another talent. One of Villa's media team joked that he caught the shot as well as he hits a golf ball. As the club's Bodymoor Heath training base backs on to Ryder Cup venue The Belfry, the questions were obvious.
Times: Matthew Lowton doesn't do tap-ins. Whether it is from 300 yards on the 10th hole at The Belfry or 30 yards into the top corner to help Aston Villa out of a relegation bunker, the full back certainly has an eye for the spectacular shot.
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