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Monday media watch [20.05.13 AM]: Reaction to Wigan draw
The morning claret and blue media headlines.
20th May 2013
Monday media watch [20.05.13 AM]: Reaction to Wigan draw


Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has challenged Villa to surpass the standards from their timely Premier League revival next season after predicting a "busy" summer for the club. Lambert has been delighted, but not surprised, that his faith in his youngsters came good at the ideal time to keep them in the top flight.

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert confessed he was almost moved to tears after conducting the tributes for Villa's retiring captain during Stiliyan Petrov-day at Wigan. Lambert and Petrov returned to the DW Stadium field after the rest of the claret and blues had departed down the tunnel to allow the skipper to take the acclaim of the away fans.

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert revealed Villa have already opened new contract talks with Christian Benteke in an effort to keep their star striker at the club. Benteke missed the draw at Wigan through suspension, but Lambert is confident the claret and blues will not be without him next season.

Birmingham Mail: Not even 3,850 Stiliyan Petrov masks could hide the smile on the face of Aston Villa Football Club as the claret and blues ended a challenging season with renewed hope for the future. Ron Vlaar paid his own captain's tribute to the retiring skipper by smashing in a cracking goal that his predecessor Petrov would have been proud to avoid signing off with a defeat.

The Sun: Boss Paul Lambert admitted he was almost in tears as leukaemia-hit club captain Stiliyan Petrov came out at the end to meet 3,000 travelling fans. Supporters made this Petrov Day - and the tracksuited Bulgarian watched the match from the Villa bench.

Guardian: Villa levelled on the hour, and while the source of the goal may not have been extraordinary, the manner of its scoring undoubtedly was, centre-half Ron Vlaar bringing down a corner and nonchalantly volleying the ball into the top corner.

Daily Express: Skipper Ron Vlaar earned Villa a point with a spectacular second-half volley. Now manager Paul Lambert has his own big decisions to make, with Bent's future likely to be one of them.

Independent: Here, Bent - deputising for the suspended Benteke - scored the opener before Wigan seized the lead with an Emmerson Boyce header and an own goal by Nathan Baker. Ron Vlaar's equaliser in the second half was brilliant, the Dutchman volleying in from 18 yards.

Goal.com: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed that discussions are underway with Christian Benteke over extending the striker's contract. The Belgian still has three years to run on his current deal but after scoring 23 goals in his debut season at Villa Park, the Villans boss is keen to tie the youngster down with a number of clubs reportedly expressing an interest.

*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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