Monday media watch [21.10.13 AM]: Papers on Spurs defeat
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert reckons Christian Benteke's cameo against Tottenham will do him the "world of good" after admitting he never thought of starting the star striker. Benteke came off the bench for the final half-hour of yesterday's 2-0 Premier League defeat to Spurs at Villa Park after overcoming a hip flexor problem.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert reckoned Villa's latest Villa Park defeat to Tottenham was a lot closer than previous setbacks in terms of scoreline and performance. Before yesterday's 2-0 loss, Villa had suffered two successive 4-0 home reverses against Andre Villas-Boas' top-four hopefuls, in the Premier League last December and the Capital One Cup last month.
Birmingham Mail: The scene was set for Tottenham target Christian Benteke to be a returning hero for Villa against the club that courted him during the summer. But, ultimately, it was Spurs who continued their sequel of successes against the claret and blues with a straightforward 2-0 Premier League victory at Villa Park.
Daily Express: Villa, who were a goal down at half time to Manchester City in their last home game then came back, somewhat amazingly, to beat them 3-2, sent Christian Benteke on for the last half an hour to try to repeat the miracle. It was Benteke's first match since he injured a hip a month ago and he was quick to make an impact, heading a Leandro Bacuna cross just over the bar with his first touch. Villa rallied, roared even, but just as they were showing their teeth for the first time, Spurs scored again.
Mirror: Substitute Christian Benteke's first touch, on his return from a month out with a hip injury, was a free header from Leandro Bacuna's cross - but sadly for Villa, he directed it over the top.
Independent: The home crowd were desperate for Christian Benteke - on his way back from a hip injury - to get on and the loudest cheer of the afternoon came when he replaced Kozak. The second loudest was for his first touch and with his next one he nearly drew Villa level. Weimann - moved inside from the wing by Paul Lambert - found Leandro Bacuna on the right, and his cross found Benteke unmarked in the box. He should have scored but, understandably rusty, he headed it over the bar. It was the closest Villa came to scoring all afternoon.
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