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Tuesday media watch [05.02.12 AM]: Sylla backed to impress

El Ahmadi: Sylla's strength will be an asset in midfield New signing Dawkins: I feel blessed to be playing at Villa
Tuesday media watch [05.02.12 AM]: Sylla backed to impress

Birmingham Mail: Villa's set-piece softies have been told attack is the best form of defence to clear the corner curse which threatens to undermine their Premier League survival efforts. Maroune Fellaini's last-gasp leveller in the 3-3 draw at Everton was the eighth goal Villa have conceded from a flag-kick this season in the Premier League alone.

Birmingham Mail: Karim El Ahmadi has welcomed the competition from new boy Yacouba Sylla in Villa's midfield. Sylla has been recruited from French second division club Clermont Foot to add extra presence in the centre of the park.

Birmingham Mail: Villa's youngsters answered the call from coach Gordon Cowans for a big improvement and gained a well deserved victory in Group 2 of the Barclays Under 21 Premier League at Hinckley. A decisive second half display brought quality goals from Alfie Crooks and Callum Robinson to secure a first victory of 2013.

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The Sun: Phil Jones is a serious doubt for Manchester United's Euro showdown with Real Madrid — after getting SHINGLES.

Mirror: Liverpool were tonight caught up in the match-fixing probe which has shocked football.

BBC Sport: England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce believes Ashley Cole is "the best left-back that's ever played for England".

BBC Sport: Daniel Sturridge has joined Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick in pulling out of England's squad for Wednesday's prestigious friendly against Brazil.

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

By @AVFCOfficial 5th February 2013