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Monday media watch [30.09.13 PM]: More Man City reaction
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30th Sep 2013
Monday media watch [30.09.13 PM]: More Man City reaction


*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

Express and Star: Paul Lambert today demanded more from his Villa stars after their stunning win over Manchester City. The boss insisted it was vital Villa cash in on Saturday's 3-2 victory and continue their Premier League recovery.

Express and Star: No-one is going to deny City's supremacy in pure footballing terms or the suspicion that if this game were played another 10 times, the champions of 2012 would win most of them.But Villa's rewards were forged from their sheer willpower and unflinching spirit. Serious reservations may still be reserved for the quality of Lambert's team and its capacity to maintain a safe distance from the Premier League's nether regions, which pulled at them all last season. No-one will doubt, however, their determination to answer their manager's call to wage that battle. Perhaps this is why Lambert clings to his own defiant stance on the type of players he has recruited. Time and again he has been criticised for ignoring the demand for more authoritative and experienced figures in his midfield and defence but his control over the hearts and minds of this current squad is total.

ClubCall: Skipper Ron Vlaar claims Aston Villa have proved they are not a one-man team after defeating Manchester City without Christian Benteke. Villa were hit by the loss of Belgium international, Benteke, for up to six weeks because of a hip injury he picked up in the 1-0 win at Norwich just over a week ago.

ClubCall: Andreas Weimann and Leandro Bacuna were given special praise by boss Paul Lambert after Aston Villa's 3-2 win against Manchester City. Villa twice came from behind against the Premier League title hopefuls as Yaya Toure's sixth goal of the season just before the interval put City ahead and Eden Dzeko restored their lead after Karim El Ahmadi equalised.

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ClubCall: Robert Pires has returned to train with Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger believes he can have a positive effect on the squad. Wenger welcomes Pires involvement Pires, who will be 40 next month, is currently making use of the Gunners' Hertfordshire complex to keep up his fitness levels, having left Aston Villa at the end of the 2010/11 season.

BBC Sport: Derby County are expected to name ex-England boss Steve McClaren as Nigel Clough's replacement on Monday afternoon, BBC Radio Derby reports. The 52-year-old has been working as first-team coach at QPR under Harry Redknapp since July.

Sky Sports: David Moyes rejected Sir Alex Ferguson's advice to retain his Manchester United backroom team, according to Eric Steele.

*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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