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Friday media watch [26.04.13 PM]: Boss on squad confidence
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26th Apr 2013
Friday media watch [26.04.13 PM]: Boss on squad confidence


Express and Star: Boss Paul Lambert today warned Paolo Di Canio he will run the Villa Park gauntlet - but insisted the Sunderland supremo will not distract him. The fiery Italian angered Aston Villa fans while Swindon boss after mocking them after Villa's 3-2 Capital One Cup win in October.

Sky Sports: Alfred Finnbogason's agent has denied have any contact with AC Milan, but has confirmed interest from England. Heerenveen's Icelandic striker is second top scorer in the Dutch league with only Wilfried Bony ahead of him. The 24-year-old has been linked with the Premier League with Sunderland, Everton, Aston Villa and West Ham all reported to have watched him in recent weeks.

Sky Sports: Paul Lambert is not disheartened by his side's heavy defeat at Manchester United as he looks to get Aston Villa back on track in their survival bid. Most of Villa's main rivals will all have played by the time they return to action on Monday night, when it is one of those fellow strugglers - Sunderland - who are the visitors to Villa Park for a match that could go a long way to deciding both team's seasons.

TEAMtalk: Paul Lambert is taking encouragement from Aston Villa's showing against Manchester United as they prepare to host Sunderland on Monday. Villa were unable to stop United clinching the title with a 3-0 win last Monday, a result that left Lambert's side only three points above the relegation zone having played a game more than 18th-placed Wigan.

Sporting Life: Paul Lambert is taking encouragement from Aston Villa's showing against Manchester United as they prepare for Monday's crunch Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland. Villa were unable to stop United clinching the title with a 3-0 win last Monday, a result that left Lambert's side only three points above the relegation zone having played a game more than 18th-placed Wigan.

ClubCall: Paul Lambert claims his Aston Villa players have not lost confidence following the 3-0 defeat at Manchester United on Monday. The Villa chief saw his side's recent good run of form come to an abrupt halt at Old Trafford when Robin van Persie's first half hat-trick sealed a comfortable title-clinching win for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

ClubCall: Paul Lambert is hoping to have a strong Aston Villa side available for Monday's massive clash against relegation rivals Sunderland. The Villa boss has an extra couple of days to formulate his team plans for the game against Paolo Di Canio's Black Cats who have eased their own drop fears with two successive victories to move six points clear of the bottom three.

ESPN: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has said he is trying to protect his players from the survival hype surrounding Monday's crucial meeting with Sunderland at Villa Park. Lambert described the encounter with Paolo Di Canio's side as a "must-win" game in the aftermath of Villa's 3-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday.

*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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