Thursday media watch [31.07.14 AM]: Papers on Chesterfield clash
Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa's 100 per-cent record in pre-season came to an abrupt halt as a largely second-string side were beaten comfortably at Chesterfield. Jack Grealish scored for the claret and blues but they fell to a 3-1 defeat after goals from Tendayi Darikwa, Sam Hird and Samy Morsy. The majority of Villa's big-hitters were left at home after the recent trip to the United States and they were missed.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has called on Jack Grealish to keep delivering the goods after the teenage star again showcased his talent last night. The 18-year-old was Villa's stand-out performer as he scored in a 3-1 defeat to Chesterfield and the boss admits he is now firmly in his thoughts.
Mirror: Paul Lambert blamed jet lag and keeper Brad Guzan after Aston Villa's first pre-season loss to League One Chesterfield last night. The Spireites took advantage of Villa fielding a youthful starting XI to lead 2-0 at the break with goals from Tendayi Darikwa and Sam Hird. Villa improved in the second half as midfielder Jack Grealish pulled a goal back before Samy Morsy sealed the home side's win late on.
Daily Mail: Aston Villa slumped to a pre-season 3-1 defeat against League Two side Chesterfield on Wednesday night after goals from Tenadyi Darikwa, Sam Hird and Sam Morsy. Paul Lambert's side were a goal down inside six minutes as Darikwa got in behind the Villa defence to nudge past Brad Guzan. Chesterfield doubled their lead just before half-time when Hird converted a Gary Roberts corner. Villa staged a brief fightback in the second half and pulled a goal back with a neat strike from Jack Grealish who raced onto a Charles Nzogbia cross. However, the comeback was short-lived as Chesterfield put themselves back into a two goal lead late on when Morsy finished off an impressive counter-attack to put the game to bed.
Goal.com: Aston Villa suffered their first defeat of pre-season on Wednesday as they were beaten 3-1 by League One newcomers Chesterfield. Paul Cook's side, League Two champions back in May, were two goals to the good at half-time and although Villa pulled one back shortly after the interval, the hosts made the game safe with a third late on.
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