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Friday media watch [25.01.13 AM]: Millwall previews

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Friday media watch [25.01.13 AM]: Millwall previews

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has confirmed he will retain his job even if Villa are relegated - and claims Randy Lerner's vote of confidence has strengthened his resolve to keep the club up. Lambert revealed the chairman had pledged to stand by him even if the doomsday scenario occurs and the claret and blues slide from the Premier League in the Championship.

Daily Star: Under-fire Paul Lambert admits he feels "sick" despite being told his job at Aston Villa is safe. The Scot retains owner Randy Lerner's support after crunch talks in New York last week.

Daily Mail: Not even Randy Lerner's backing has stopped Paul Lambert feeling sick to the stomach over Aston Villa's catastrophic form, the manager admitted.

The Sun: Danny Shittu wants to see a Christian get thrown to the Lions tonight. Millwall's man-mountain defender goes up against Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke in their fourth round FA Cup showdown at The Den. Both are 6ft 3in powerhouses and Shittu is urging Lions fans to give Benteke and his team-mates both barrels in a bid to cause an upset.

Daily Mirror: Under-fire Paul Lambert admits he feels sick to the stomach over Aston Villa's nightmare form - despite assurances from Randy Lerner that his job is safe.

Daily Telegraph: Paul Lambert will not put Aston Villa's future at risk by overspending on fees or wages for players. Lambert sees other clubs embroiled in the relegation scrap such as Queen's Park Rangers investing in reinforcements but he remained committed to Villa's practice of trying to balance the books.

Daily Telegraph: Millwall captain, Danny Shittu, says The Den is the last place Aston Villa would want to be playing after their humiliating Capital One Cup defeat by Bradford and predicts Paul Lambert's men are in for endless abuse from home fans during tonight's FA Cup fourth round tie.

The Times: Paul Lambert is a realist but he never imagined that his reality, seven months into life as Aston Villa manager, would be dealing with votes of confidence from the boardroom, "the odd hate mail" from unhappy supporters and, as he puts it, "worrying like hell." Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says his side are not good enough to play a style of football and must get back to basics as they look to put their Capital One Cup semi-final disappointment behind them. Lambert thinks he can turn Villa's fortunes around by instilling more grit in his side's performances, with a trip to Millwall in the FA Cup the next game up.

Clubcall: Paul Lambert is adamant that he will not risk struggling Aston Villa's future by overspending on transfers in this current window.

Clubcall: Aston Villa will have Ashley Westwood and Jordan Bowery available for Friday's FA Cup fourth round tie against Millwall at the Den. Midfield man, Westwood, and striker, Bowery, were both cup-tied for the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg clash against Bradford on Tuesday.

Sporting Life: Millwall boss Kenny Jackett insists his side are still the underdogs as they prepare to take on beleaguered Aston Villa tonight. The npower Championship side are aiming to cap a miserable week for Villa, who were humiliated in the Capital One Cup semi-final by Bradford on Tuesday night, by knocking them out of the FA Cup.

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


AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 25th January 2013
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