Tuesday media watch [05.11.13 AM]: Westwood on progress
Birmingham Mail: Ashley Westwood reckons Villa deserve more credit than they have been given for grinding out results from a tough Premier League fixture list. But the midfielder admits the claret and blues need to improve their Premier League points haul by beating teams around them at Villa Park, starting against Cardiff on Saturday. Paul Lambert praised his team's resilience as they battled to a goalless draw at West Ham last weekend and Westwood agrees it was a hard-earned point against the Hammers.
Daily Express: Paul Lambert could have an attacking crisis on his hands for Saturday against Cardiff after Andreas Weimann joined Gabriel Agbonlahor in the treatment room. The pair are two of the club's three key attackers, the other being Christian Benteke. Their absence would do nothing to help the goal drought, which now lasts 375 minutes and dates back to September. Austrian Weimann picked up a hamstring injury during Saturday's goalless draw against West Ham, while Agbonlahor missed the match with an ankle problem.
Daily Express: Former Villa boss Martin O'Neill wants former Leicester and Celtic winger Steve Guppy to join his Republic of Ireland coaching setup. O'Neill is set to sign a contract with the FAI within days, with Roy Keane in line to become his assistant. O'Neill, 61, worked with Guppy at Wycombe Wanders and Leicester and wants to bring in the former England international as a set-piece expert. Coach Steve Walford, who worked with O'Neill at Norwich, Leicester, Celtic, Villa and Sunderland, is also likely to join the staff, as is former Ireland keeper Seamus McDonagh.
Birmingham Mail: Callum Robinson bagged a stunning hat-trick as irresistible Villa recorded a resounding victory in the Barclays U21 Premier League match at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium. The convincing performance came against a Newcastle side fielding three players with first-team experience - Gael Bigrimana, Haris Vuckic and Adam Campbell.
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BBC Sport: Former boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has written off England's chances of winning the World Cup next summer. The 65-year-old Swede, now coach of Chinese Super League team Guangzhou R&F, led England to the quarter-finals in 2002 and 2006.
Sky Sports: Liverpool star Luis Suarez maintains that they can push for the Premier League title this season. The Reds have made an excellent start to the season and suffered only their second defeat of the campaign when they lost to leaders Arsenal at the weekend.
BBC Sport: Fulham's Sascha Riether has become the first player to be charged under a new retrospective action scheme. The defender, 30, appeared to stamp on Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj in Fulham's 3-1 loss, but match officials did not see the incident.
*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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