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Wednesday media watch [21.08.13 AM]: Lambert on Chairman support

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

Daily Express: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he has been backed to the hilt by owner Randy Lerner even though he feared he left his US-based boss sickened by the manner of last year's thrashing at Chelsea. The Villains return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since they were humiliated 8-0 last December. But Lambert has paid tribute to Lerner along with chief executive Paul Faulkner, insisting that day has been blanked from his mind.

Daily Star: Paul Lambert says the 8-0 Christmas stuffing at Chelsea turned his Aston Villa kids into men. The Scot heads back to Stamford Bridge tonight, eight months after his darkest hour in charge. He insists he never dwelled on it but admitted it took a phone call to put a smile back on his face. American owner Randy Lerner was the man on the other end of the line - and he told Lambert he was right behind him. And buoyed this season by the 3-1 opening-day win at Arsenal, Villa's kids go back to Chelsea determined to show that they have come of age.

Independent: Measuring maturity is difficult, but on Wednesday night Aston Villa have a chance. Last December they were humiliated 8-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the worst defeat of the season. They did not look at all cut out for Premier League football, nor that they would be involved in it for much longer. But they played brilliantly and bravely in the spring and they stayed up. And like a pivotal scene in a coming-of-age story, this evening Paul Lambert's side will return to the scene of their great belittling, hoping for a different result. Aston Villa go to Chelsea buoyed by a remarkable start to the season; a perfectly executed counter-attacking 3-1 win at Arsenal on Saturday. It was a performance of confidence, character and conviction, one that looked as different as is possible from their collapse last Christmas. Villa looked like a different team. But in fact seven of those who started the 8-0 defeat played on Saturday. Brad Guzan, Matthew Lowton, Nathan Baker, Ashley Westwood, Andy Weimann and Christian Benteke all began both games while Ciaran Clark was brought on in the first half last weekend. The team has changed; it has grown up.

Teamtalk: Paul Lambert has revealed Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner's unstinting support never wavered even after the 8-0 battering by Chelsea last term. American owner Lerner always stuck with his manager during a testing first year at the helm, when a transitional Villa side looked to be heading for relegation from the Premier League. Villa's capitulation at Stamford Bridge was arguably the lowest point of a difficult season and was followed by a 4-0 home battering by Tottenham and a worrying 3-0 defeat by Wigan at Villa Park. However, Lerner and the Villa supporters stuck by Lambert and the Scot rewarded them by steering them to safety and towards a bright future.

Daily Mail: Aston Villa suffered the worst defeat in the club's history back in December, an 8-0 thumping at Chelsea. Worse followed for Paul Lambert during his inaugural season; home defeats by Tottenham, Wigan and Southampton. Slowly but surely, Villa turned their season around and, outside of the top four, only Liverpool managed to beat them in the final four months of the season. A 3-1 victory at The Emirates over Arsenal on the opening day suggests the momentum has been maintained. So how did they turn it around? Villa owner Randy Lerner has seen his club suffer on other occasions at Stamford Bridge. In March 2010, Martin O'Neill's side were thumped 7-1. After Villa lost by eight goals, the American picked up the phone to speak with his manager. "The support I had from Randy was great," said Lambert.

Daily Mirror: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert reckons he left owner Randy Lerner feeling physically sick after last year's 8-0 thrashing at Chelsea. The Scot's young guns return to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night for the first time since their humiliation last December. And Lambert has hailed the support of Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner, insisting he never thinks back to that day. The ex-Norwich chief speaks to US-based Lerner after every game - and revealed the owner appeared upbeat despite that horror loss.

Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa will not get carried away with their rampant start to the season, says Paul Lambert, but the Villa boss can't help but feel his side have not received the full credit they deserve for Saturday's stunning win. The 3-1 triumph over Arsenal has been a hot topic this week, yet most of the debate has been over the Gunners' shortcomings. Villa's bizarrely-branded 'bullying' tactics have been heavily scrutinised and questions have also been asked of referee Anthony Taylor. "When the team who aren't expected to win do win, they maybe don't get the credit they deserve," said Lambert. "I thought we were brilliant. On the day I thought we thoroughly deserved to win the game. "I understand how people have an inquest of what happened at Arsenal. I just don't think our team got the credit they deserved. It was a brilliant performance." Lambert is not getting too far ahead of himself, though, as he aims to mastermind another surprise win in London when his side take on Chelsea tonight. "Saturday has gone now and our only thoughts are on Chelsea," he said.

Clubcall: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says his side's 8-0 mauling at Chelsea last season means very little on the eve of the fixture this term. Lambert's men, who were in a relegation scrap for much of the 2012-13 campaign, were humiliated at Stamford Bridge during the Christmas fixtures last season when they conceded four goals late on to go down 8-0. However, after bringing in a raft of new players over the summer Lambert insists the result counts for little ahead of his side's trip to Chelsea on Wednesday.

Birmingham Mail: Stiliyan Petrov has left his job as Villa Under-21 coach to focus fully on his recovery from acute leukaemia. The retired former club captain is taking time away from his position after admitting that the day-to-day workload had come as 'too much too soon'. Petrov, who has been in remission for 12 months, will re-assess his role at the club in the future. He said: "I love my new role with the club, I love the involvement and I want to continue to make a valid contribution. "In order to do this to the best of my ability, however, I need to take some time away as I have found the day-to-day demands of the job to be just a little too much too soon."

*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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