Monday media watch [30.12.13]: Reaction to Swansea draw
Birmingham Mail: Gabby Agbonlahor has passionately declared Aston Villa will get it right as the club heads into 2014 under a cloud. The life-long Villan, who scored in the 1-1 draw against Swansea on Saturday , insists the players will turn things around to get Villa thriving again.
Birmingham Mail: The majority of the home support played their part in getting behind the team and revving them up as and when they could. While in all fairness it was a dominant performance from the travelling side, the end result was a success story in itself for Villa. The disastrous run of four defeats on the spin came to a halt. The goal-scoring woes at home were finally ended as Villa recorded their first strike on home turf for six games AND their only first-half goal of the season at Villa Park.
Daily Mail: Paul Lambert will see in the New Year at the Stadium of Light with an out-of-form team and a patched-up defence. Villa may be forced to rush centre-half Ron Vlaar back into the line-up on Wearside this week after Ciaran Clark picked up a suspension following his fifth booking.
Daily Telegraph: Paul Lambert is considering rushing back Christian Benteke and Ron Vlaar for Aston Villa's potentially pivotal game at Sunderland on Wednesday. Lambert's injury problems are piling up but Benteke is expected to return to training on Monday and should be fit for the crucial match.
Guardian: Paul Lambert had just finished praising Randy Lerner for his support when he was asked whether he thought the American, after a couple of rollercoaster years, still enjoys being chairman. "I don't know if he enjoys it. He's probably like everybody on the rollercoaster, isn't he? Throwing up now and again," the Aston Villa manager said with a smile.
Mirror: Gabby Agbonlahor has revealed how Aston Villa players held their own crisis meeting to stop getting dragged into another relegation dogfight. The Villans acted because they were determined to avoid a fifth straight defeat and that was the reason behind the extravagant celebration when Agbonlahor scored in Saturday's draw with Swansea, with players running over to the bench to give a very public show of unity.
Daily Express: Captain Gabby Agbonlahor revealed the secret behind the mass celebration of the goal that ended Aston Villa's damaging slump. Villa managed to cling on to Agbonlahor's seventh-minute strike, only caving in once to a Roland Lamah equaliser, for their first point in five games.
Express and Star: Boss Paul Lambert today insisted chairman Randy Lerner is prepared for a rollercoaster relegation battle and understands his Villa project is not a "quick fix".
Express and Star: The one chance Villa had they took, when Gabby Agbonlahor slipped under Gerhard Tremmel after Andi Weimann's cute pass just seven minutes in. It was the first home goal in the first half in the top flight this season. Agbonlahor celebrated with the bench in a very public statement of squad unity during these troubled times.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa will survive their latest shocking run of form by sticking together, insists striker Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Hartlepool Mail: Aitor Karanka hopes to extend the loan stay of keeper Shay Given. Middlesbrough brought in the experienced Aston Villa stopper to the club following the suspension of number one Jason Steele after his red card at Leeds.
*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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