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Friday media watch [03.01.14 PM]: More FA Cup previews
The afternoon claret and blue media reports.
3rd Jan 2014
Friday media watch [03.01.14 PM]: More FA Cup previews

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

Express and Star: A summer summit has given Villa a case for the defence, according to Matt Lowton. The defender has revealed Ron Vlaar's words of wisdom have inspired the backline to become meaner. A sixth league clean sheet of the season in the 1-0 win at Sunderland on New Year's Day has Villa eclipsing their total for the whole of last season.

Sky Sports: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says he understands why Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert sees participation in the FA Cup of lesser importance than the Premier League. Lambert suggested many top-flight managers would prefer to avoid the FA Cup altogether claiming Premier League survival is a much greater priority.

Sky Sports: Stoke are hoping to sign midfield Stephen Ireland during the January transfer window. Potters manager Mark Hughes has revealed the club are in talks over a permanent deal for the Republic of Ireland international who is on a season long-loan from Aston Villa, where his contract is up at the end of the campaign.

Sporting Life: Stoke are in talks to sign midfielder Stephen Ireland permanently during the January transfer window. The Republic of Ireland international is on a season-long loan at the Britannia Stadium from Aston Villa, where his contract is up at the end of the campaign.

ClubCall: Nicklas Helenius and Jordan Bowery have claims to start for Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round clash against Sheffield United. The forward pair have been marginal figures this season but with Libor Kozak out for the season with a broken leg and Christian Benteke just back from a knee problem, they may be entrusted to see Villa into the fourth round at Villa Park.

Sporting Life: Nicklas Helenius and Jordan Bowery could get rare chances to press their claims for Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round clash against Sheffield United on Saturday. The forward pair have been marginal figures this season but with Libor Kozak out for the season with a broken leg and Christian Benteke just back from a knee problem, they may be entrusted to see Villa into the next round.

*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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