Monday media watch [31.03.14 AM]: Papers on United defeat
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has challenged Villa to secure their Premier League survival during the next two games against relegation-fighting Fulham and Crystal Palace. Lambert reckons the safety tally will be below the standard 40-point mark as the claret and blues bid to bounce back from Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Manchester United.
Birmingham Mail: Villa have conceded eight goals in their last two games - but Paul Lambert does not fear a defensive downturn during the Premier League run-in. Lambert has been proud of the claret and blues' improved meanness at the back for most of the current campaign.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has praised Christian Benteke's growing maturity and tipped him to bounce back from his costly air-kick miss at Manchester United. Benteke wasted a promising opportunity to get Villa back into the game at Old Trafford when he failed to make contact with a shot from close range.
The Sun: Paul Lambert wants Aston Villa to secure Premier League survival as soon as possible to avoid a nervy run-in. Former Villa keeper David James fears his old club could still be sucked into a relegation scrap despite sitting in midtable. And with the final two games of the season against Manchester City and Tottenham, Lambert wants to be able to relax way before then.
Daily Star: While United are hoping for a European upset against the reigning champions, Villa are aiming to keep clear of the relegation zone in the run-in to the end of the campaign. Manager Paul Lambert, who deserves praise for the adventurous approach his team adopted at Old Trafford, believes they will be safe.
Mirror: Paul Lambert does not reckon the target for Premier League survival this season will be 40 points. Aston Villa are eight points clear of the drop zone on 34, with seven Premier League games left.
*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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