Wednesday media watch [02.10.13 AM]: Weimann in good mood
Birmingham Mail: Captain Ron Vlaar wants the Villa Park victory over Manchester City to end the whispering campaign about Villa's poor home form. Vlaar admitted Villa's disappointing record in front of their own fans in recent seasons had started to play on the minds of Paul Lambert's players. But the skipper wants the 3-2 success over title-chasing City to banish talk of a Villa Park curse and signal a positive change in the home form.
Clubcall: Andreas Weimann says he has not set himself a goal target for Aston Villa this season but wants to fire in as many as possible. The Austria international hit the winner in Saturday's impressive 3-2 success over Manchester City to get his Premier League tally up and running for this season after he struck seven in the league last term. The striker is obviously keen to score as many goals as possible for Paul Lambert's side but is refusing to set himself any targets and is just happy to be helping out fellow frontmen Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor.
Birmingham Mail: Marc Albrighton's long-awaited return to action has been welcomed by his Villa team-mates. Albrighton made his first appearance since early January in last week's Capital One Cup defeat to Tottenham and produced an encouraging performance, completing the entire 90 minutes. The 23-year-old winger, who is in the final year of his contract, was an unused substitute for Saturday's Premier League victory over Manchester City at Villa Park. Captain Ron Vlaar is pleased to have Albrighton back in the first-team fold after he broke his foot in the FA Cup win over Ipswich midway through last season and then picked up a knock in pre-season.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann is determined to keep scoring after netting the winner in Saturday's 3-2 victory against Manchester City. Weimann opened his Premier League account for the season with the decisive strike as Villa produced the shock of the Premier League weekend to topple Manuel Pellegrini's title hopefuls at Villa Park. The Austrian striker was left to lead the claret-and-blue frontline with Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor both sidelined through injury. Weimann has now scored 16 goals for Villa since joining the club's academy from Rapid Vienna in 2007 and aims to add more options to Paul Lambert's stock of strikers.
Birmingham Mail: Ron Vlaar reckons practice makes perfect when it comes to set-piece specialist Leandro Bacuna after hailing his compatriot's free-kick cracker. Bacuna curled an exquisite shot into the top left corner in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Manchester City to open his competitive account for Villa. Vlaar, who was also sizing up the free-kick, allowed Bacuna to take it after being impressed with his target practice success-rate in training. But the Holland international defender stopped short of likening his fellow countryman's technique to that of famed free-kick taker David Beckham. "He trains a lot on his technique and you can see that with what happened - it was a great goal," said Vlaar. "Was it the same as Beckham? I don't know, but it was a great goal and the goalie didn't have a chance."
Clubcall: Crystal Palace midfielder Barry Bannan says Aston Villa will always be "in his heart" but he had to leave because he'd become "stale". The 23-year-old joined the Eagles from Villa on transfer deadline day and hopes the switch will revitalise his career after it had stalled under Paul Lambert. "I'd kind of stalled at Villa," he told the South London Press. "I wasn't going anywhere. I needed to get out of my comfort zone."
Daily Express: Former England, Wolves and Villa forward Peter Broadbent has died at the age of 80. Broadbent, who played as an inside forward, was part of England's 1958 World Cup squad and scored two goals in seven appearances for the national side. He won the league three times with Wolves, in 1954, 1958 and 1959 and the FA Cup in 1960.
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BBC Sport: Manchester United boss David Moyes says he is still searching for the right balance after Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu suggested rotation was to blame for the Red Devils' poor form. United face Shakhtar in the Champions League on Wednesday after Saturday's 2-1 defeat by West Brom signalled their worst league start in 24 years.
Sky Sports: Paolo Di Canio has defended his tenure at Sunderland and insists he should have been given more time after a troubled start to the season. Di Canio was sacked following the 3-0 defeat to West Brom last month amid reports of a player revolt at the training ground the following day.
BBC Sport: New Derby boss Steve McClaren, who officially takes charge on Wednesday, inspired his side to a 4-4 draw against Ipswich Town. Derby were trailing 4-1 at the break when McClaren went in to the dressing room to speak to his new players.
*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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