Wednesday media watch [09.04.14]: Boss backs Weimann
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has told critics to lay off Andi Weimann as the rookie striker struggles to recapture last season's goalscoring form for Villa. Weimann has only scored four goals this season - three in the Premier League and one in the Capital One Cup - after reaching an overall tally of 12 last season.
Birmingham Mail: Matt Lowton made the save of the season - now he is determined to help Paul Lambert save Villa's season. Lowton's remarkable goalline clearance to scramble away Lewis Holtby's shot away ultimately counted for nothing as struggling Fulham won 2-1 at Villa Park on Saturday.
Birmingham Mail: Joe Bennett has confessed it has taken him longer than he thought to adapt to playing in the Premier League with Villa. The 24-year-old left-back has endured a challenging time since signing from Championship club Middlesbrough the summer before last.
Express and Star: Villa boss Paul Lambert today backed Andi Weimann and insisted his critics should cut him some slack. The claret and blues chief believes the Austrian international deserves time and his detractors are "missing the point".
Sky Sports: Joe Bennett insists there is 'much, much more' to come as he seeks to establish himself as the regular left-back in Aston Villa's side. The 24-year-old has been out with serious back and knee problems this season but has battled back to feature six times since February in Paul Lambert's side.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says Andreas Weimann needs to be given time after failing to hit the goalscoring highs of last year. The 22-year-old Austrian scored 12 times last season but has so far managed only four goals this term - three in the Premier League and one in the Capital One Cup.
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