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West Ham v Villa press reports: Saturday media watch [18.08.12]


Guardian: Paul Lambert has asked the Aston Villa supporters for patience as he seeks to end two years of misery by rebuilding the club from top to bottom and delivering entertaining football. The new Villa manager starts his reign with a trip to West Ham United and has vowed to play a brand of expansive, attacking football that will be far removed from the negative tactics employed by Alex McLeish last season. The Scot has stressed the importance of being given time to turnaround the fortunes of a club that has been in decline since Martin O'Neill walked out on the eve of the 2010-11 season.

Daily Telegraph: Paul Lambert believes Aston Villa have been on the slide ever since Martin O'Neill's exit and has pledged to get rid of the negative tactics employed by Alex McLeish and which brought about his exit. Aston Villa secured three successive top-six finishes under O'Neill, who Lambert still refers to as the "gaffer", but have been in the doldrums ever since the Ulsterman's shock departure in August 2010.

ESPN: Paul Lambert admits Aston Villa's history "raises the bar" in terms of what is expected ahead of the Premier League opener at West Ham. The former Norwich boss is striving to bring the good times back to Villa after two seasons of underachievement under Gerard Houllier and Alex McLeish.

Mirror: Paul Lambert has hit back at Robbie Savage for tipping his Aston Villa side to go down and pledged his new signings will prove critics wrong. Villa finished 16th last season, then sacked Alex McLeish after just one year to bring in Lambert, who had taken Norwich from League One to 12th in the Premier League in just three seasons. Now, ahead of Saturday's opener at West Ham, Lambert aims to mastermind a big revival at Villa Park, too. In his Mirror column, pundit Savage has tipped Villa for relegation as they have only signed four players after being "atrocious" on last season's run-in. But Lambert rates new playmaker Karim El Ahmadi and defender Ron Vlaar from Feyenoord very highly, while two more newcomers, midfielder Brett Holman and right-back Matt Lowton, have looked good in pre-season.

Daily Mail: Paul Lambert has criticised predecessor Alex McLeish's style of play and vowed to make Aston Villa entertaining again.

Sky Sports: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is hopeful of getting off to a winning start but admits he is apprehensive ahead of the visit of Aston Villa. The Hammers return to the Premier League on Saturday after a one-season absence thanks to Allardyce leading the club back to the top flight at the first attempt. The experienced boss is confident of three points against Villa at Upton Park but acknowledges it is difficult to judge how prepared his team will be for the Premier League challenge.

Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa's stand-in skipper Darren Bent has revealed he wants to 'armband it like Beckham' if he gets to keep the claret and blue captaincy this season. The record signing has been trusted with the responsibility during pre-season matches and intends to take inspiration from a host of his former leaders. Bent played under David Beckham's captaincy for England and the striker would love to emulate t he former Three Lions superstar by leading by example.

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert admits he must "get in the heads" of Stephen Ireland and Villa's other flair players to unlock their potential. Lambert has been encouraged by Ireland's pre-season form, but insists the midfielder needs to perform consistently for Villa.

Daily Star: Concrete Ron is on a mission to welcome Sam Allardyce back to the Premier League - by making him feel like he's run into a brick wall. Ron Vlaar has made such a fearsome impression since arriving at Villa Park, his team-mates have dubbed him "Concrete". The Dutch defender feared he would never play again two years ago and confesses to going "crazy" because of the injury demons in his head. But now Paul Lambert's new warrior has proved he is unbreakable after batt­ling through a catalogue of serious lay-offs which would have broken lesser men.

Daily Express: Charles N'Zogbia has backed Paul Lambert's forward-thinking philosophy to transform Aston Villa's fortunes after admitting they had no plan of attack last season.

The Sun: Braveheart Scottish passion coupled with the ruthless winning mentality of the Germans. That is the volatile cocktail boss Paul Lambert wants to mix at Aston Villa as he attempts to reawaken a sleeping giant. Scot Lambert, who enjoys legendary status in Germany after winning the 1997 European Cup with Borussia Dortmund, takes his team to West Ham today.

Birmingham Mail: Brett Holman is hoping his rise to Premier League prominence will get him noticed from Aston to Australia as the wonder from Down Under. The Aussie international is his country's player of the year, but footballers do not enjoy the same fame as rugby stars back home in Oz.

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has warned Villa will need to be at their best to poop West Ham's Premier League party in the Upton Park 'cauldron' this afternoon. Lambert knows all about the opening day excitement of newly promoted clubs from Norwich last season and is sure the Hammers will be fired up. Villa's boss has never visited Upton Park before but expects Sam Allardyce's players to be in a vibrant mood after coming up through the play-offs.

Birmingham Mail: Ciaran Clark has set himself the goal of getting on the scoresheet more regularly - after finding the net twice in pre-season. Clark has moved back to his favourite central defensive position, but he still wants to get forward when the opportunity allows.

Birmingham Mail: Shay Given wants to be talking about Villa's defensive newcomer rather than their back four old boy after Ron Vlaar meets James Collins for the first time today. Collins is set to kick off his second spell at West Ham this afternoon against his former club and the man who has replaced him at the heart of Villa's backline.

*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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