Monday media watch [07.10.13 AM]: Papers on Hull stalemate
Birmingham Mail: On another day it would be easy, and correct, to scrutinise a dismal 0-0 draw against Hull City. There should be even more reason for an inquest as Aston Villa created just two notable chances against their recently-promoted opponents. In truth, there couldn't have been a worse match to watch as a spectator. The 24,000 fans who turned up lost two hours of their lives - even more for those that had to travel all the way up to Humberside. But this is not the time to criticise Paul Lambert's men.
Birmingham Mail: Brad Guzan reckons his team-mates can now take a collective breather and continue planning for an exciting season ahead. The American goalkeeper kept a clean sheet on his return to Hull as Villa recorded a point that has already taken them into double figures this term.
Daily Mail: Paul Lambert may wanted to delay Christian Benteke's return to international duty but the Belgium striker can't come back quickly enough for Aston Villa. A solid point at the KC Stadium would surely have been a cast-iron three with Benteke up front and Brad Guzan suggested as much as he reflected on Villa's modestly-rewarded dominance in a goalless draw.
Mirror: Lambert has earmarked Villa's next game against Tottenham five days later for Benteke's return and is worried Wilmots could wreck the striker's recovery. Belgium need just a point against Croatia on Friday to make it to Brazil and Lambert trusts Benteke not to take any risks.
Daily Telegraph: Lambert has earmarked Villa's next game against Tottenham five days later for Benteke's return and is worried Wilmots could wreck the striker's recovery. Belgium need just a point against Croatia on Friday to make it to Brazil and Lambert trusts Benteke not to take any risks.
Daily Express: Benteke's absence was felt as Villa struggled for inspiration at Hull. Agbonlahor wasted Villa's best opportunities in a game low on clear-cut chances, but they did thwart Hull with superb defending.
Sky Sports: Paul Lambert will leave Christian Benteke to decide whether he is fit enough to turn out in World Cup qualifiers. The Aston Villa striker has been included in the Belgium squad as they chase one point from two fixtures against Croatia and Wales and a ticket to Brazil 2014.
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